Pressure is mounting on Rishi Sunak to ban MPs from using TikTok

Pressure mounts on Rishi Sunak to ban MPs from using TikTok after government officials were advised to remove the app for security reasons

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Rishi Sunak is facing increasing calls to ban MPs from using TikTok after government officials were recommended to remove the Chinese app for security reasons.

Experts from GCHQ’s National Cyber ​​Security Center advised officials to stop using the platform after identifying risks to sensitive information.

It follows similar moves by the White House, the European Union and Canada in recent months to clamp down on TikTok, which is owned by Bytedance.

The new proposals allow government employees to keep the video-sharing app on their personal phones, but are “discouraged” from doing so, according to the Mail on Sunday.

However, a number of UK lawmakers are prominent users of the app, including Energy Secretary Grant Shapps and former Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Rishi Sunak faces growing calls to ban MPs from using TikTok after government officials were recommended to remove the Chinese app for security reasons

Rishi Sunak faces growing calls to ban MPs from using TikTok after government officials were recommended to remove the Chinese app for security reasons

A number of UK legislators are prominent users of the app, including former Health Secretary Matt Hancock (pictured)

A number of UK legislators are prominent users of the app, including former Health Secretary Matt Hancock (pictured)

A number of UK legislators are prominent users of the app, including former Health Secretary Matt Hancock (pictured)

Last night, former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, one of the few MPs sanctioned by the Chinese government, said: “Downing Street should immediately introduce a ban on ministers using TikTok, to begin with.

“Grant Shapps should take note of it.”

Luke de Pulfordm, executive director of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance for China, added: ‘This app is not only problematic for government officials and MPs – no one who cares about data privacy should be using it.

Other than requiring them to censor Uyghur content, TikTok executives have been unable to provide any assurance that user data will not be accessible from China, and by extension, the Chinese Communist Party.

Those who recreated the app have described it as “essentially Chinese government spyware.” It’s time to get rid of it.’

Last week, TikTok promised to strengthen controls on personal information on the app in Europe, amid concerns they could share user data with Beijing. [File image]

Last week, TikTok promised to strengthen controls on personal information on the app in Europe, amid concerns they could share user data with Beijing. [File image]

Last week, TikTok promised to strengthen controls on personal information on the app in Europe, amid concerns they could share user data with Beijing. [File image]

Government employees are allowed to keep the video-sharing app on their personal phones, but are ‘discouraged’ from doing so

No. 10 had initially opposed banning officials from using TikTok, suggesting it was a decision for individual departments and ministers to make.

Last week, TikTok promised to strengthen controls on personal information on the app in Europe, amid concerns they could share user data with Beijing.

At least nine MPs are still using the increasingly popular social media platform, including Leveling Up Minister Dehenna Davison and former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Last month, Tory backbencher Dr. Luke Evans raised his eyebrows after posting a video of his route to Downing Street, including security footage, for his 41,000 followers.

A government spokesperson said: “All departments have robust processes in place to ensure government IT devices are secure, including managing risk from third-party applications.”

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