Laredo, Texas. To prevent the Chinese government from obtaining sensitive information that could harm the Texas government in any way, Governor Greg Abbott ordered state agencies to ban the use of TikTok on their electronic devices.
The above was disclosed through an announcement from the President’s office on Wednesday because, according to the ordinance, “there are concerns about how the Chinese-owned application handles data on US infrastructure and other sensitive information.”
“TikTok collects vast amounts of data from its users’ devices, including when, where and how they conduct activities on the Internet, and offers potentially sensitive information to the Chinese government,” Abbott said in a letter to state officials. ” Wednesday. ,
Just last week, FBI Director Chris Wray said that China could be using the platform to collect user information that could be used for espionage purposes.
As a result, the Lone Star State joined other states in addressing the cyber security risk posed by TikTok. In addition, to support the governor’s decision, Texas universities began blocking access to the social network on all devices connected to campus networks in order to “eliminate cyber security risks”.
Now, the app can’t be used on the Wi-Fi networks of schools like the University of Texas and the University of North Texas.
“The university is taking these important steps to eliminate risks to the information contained within university networks and our critical infrastructure,” Jeff Neyland, advisor to the president for technology strategy at UT, said in a letter to students on Tuesday.
According to the issued bulletin, UNT had blocked the application of its network from 10 January. Although whether this is a system-wide move or just its Denton campus is unknown.
In a statement, TikTok spokesman Jamal Brown said the app’s executives are concerned about “the unintended consequences these hasty policies” could have on schools, including opportunities to share information, recruit students, and build communities. affecting their ability to
Brown said, “We are dismayed that so many states are jumping into the political fray to enact policies that will do nothing to promote cyber security in their states and baseless lies about TikTok.” are based on.”
So far 31 states have taken similar steps to restrict the use of the app on state-issued devices. Already in 2019, legislator Henry Kueller, from the House Defense Committee, alerted and destroyed university technology programs that had access to or were sponsored by the Chinese government.