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TikTok Update

Jun 10, 2023

Banned on government devices

A former executive from ByteDance, the company behind TikTok, has made a bombshell claim. According to this insider, the Chinese Communist Party had access to TikTok's user data in Hong Kong.

Earlier this week, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and NASA issued an interim rule, known as the "No TikTok on Government Devices Act," which prohibits the use of TikTok and any successor app developed by ByteDance on government devices.

This rule, which has the force of a Federal Acquisition Regulation requirement, applies to all contract solicitations issued on or after June 2. For contracts awarded after June 2nd, the organizations must amend their solicitations to comply with the rule by July 3, 2023.

The ban extends to any presence or use of TikTok or its successor apps on government-owned or managed information technology. Contractors are also required to adhere to this restriction unless granted an exception by the Office of Management and Budget.

As we navigate this complex landscape, it's crucial to prioritize the protection of sensitive data. The US government and its agencies are taking steps to safeguard user information and maintain the integrity of their systems.

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