/ 05 August 2022

Pollies urged to avoid TikTok


And no, that’s not a message from Gen Zers sick of seeing older people trying to be cool… Australian MPs and their staffers have been urged to get a 2nd phone to separate their work messages from social media apps as privacy concerns grow about Chinese-owned app TikTok. Reports say our cybersecurity agency – the Australian Signals Directorate – has recently briefed MPs on the dangers lurking on their work phones. Last year, employees of the Home Affairs and Defence Departments were banned from having TikTok on their work phones due to worries that their data could be accessed by the Chinese Government, but it remains a recommendation for MPs for now. It follows other similar moves this week – across the Tasman, Kiwi MPs were advised not to use TikTok on their work devices. And in the UK, ministers and their staff have been urged to shut down their accounts.

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