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No TikTok on government devices – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

No TikTok on government devices – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

On Friday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that Government employees have been advised on cyber security concerns to remove the Chinese-owned video app Tiktok from their work devices.

TikTok has been blocked in a number of Western countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, and other European Union member states, due to security concerns. Last month, the app was also prohibited by the EU's two most potent policymaking bodies.

TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese corporation ByteDance, is being scrutinized by countries and regulators due to concerns that China's government could exploit the app to gather users' data or advance its own interests.

Its European operations, including data privacy and protection, is based in Dublin. It stated last month that it would establish a second data centre in Ireland and limit data transfers outside of the EU.