Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — state Treasurer Stacy Garrity said today about the social media app TikTok that the FBI director recently national security concerns, is prohibited from all Treasury-issued devices. TikTok is owned by ByteDance, which is based in Beijing, China.
“The Treasury Department’s computer network is targeted by fraudsters and criminals every day,” says Garrity. “TikTok poses obvious dangers due to its collection of personal data and its close ties to the Chinese Communist Party government. It’s an important step in our ongoing effort to secure other critical and sensitive information entrusted to the Treasury Department.”
The Treasury Department conducted an internal security review earlier this month and determined that TikTok is not being used on Treasury-issued devices. In addition to Treasury Secretary Garrity’s ban targeting phones, laptops and desktop computers, the Treasury’s firewall was updated to block access to both the TikTok app and its corresponding website from the Treasury network. rice field.
Congress Calm down Banning federal employees from using TikTok on government devices, and many states include Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia – have banned the app.
It is also prohibited by the Florida Department of Financial Services, the Louisiana State Department, and the West Virginia General Accounting Office. The Indiana Attorney General has filed two lawsuits against TikTok.