There should be no TikTok on business phones used by people working at the EU Commission. “To increase its cybersecurity, the Commission’s Corporate Management Board has decided to suspend the use of the TikTok application on its corporate devices and on personal devices enrolled in the Commission mobile device service”, the Commission says in a statement.
The background is concern expressed by security people that the Chinese-owned TikTok could collect sensitive data that could be passed on the Chinese authorities. FBI director Christopher Wray recently said that TikTok’s peivacy and data collection policies could allow for the capture of sensitive personally identifiable information and that data could be accessed by the Chinese government.
“This measure aims to protect the Commission against cybersecurity threats and actions which may be exploited for cyber-attacks against the corporate environment of the Commission. The security developments of other social media platforms will also be kept under constant review.”
The Commission says the measure is in line with commission strict internal cybersecurity policies for use of mobile devices for work-related communications.
“It complements long-standing Commission advice to staff to apply best practices when using social media platforms and keep high-level of cyber awareness in their daily work.”
“The Commission is committed to ensuring that its staff is well protected against increasing cyber threats and incidents. It is, therefore, our duty to respond as early as possible to potential cyber alerts.”
The Commission stressed that the suspension is an internal corporate decision which is strictly limited to the use of devices enrolled in its mobile service.