New Zealand’s parliament will effectively ban Chinese-owned social media app TikTok from the phones of MPs over cybersecurity concerns.
The move comes a day after British authorities said they were banning TikTok from government mobile phones on security grounds, following similar moves by the United States.
In a statement, New Zealand’s Parliamentary Service chief executive, Rafael Gonzalez-Montero, said TikTok would be “removed from all devices with access to the parliamentary network”, but arrangements would be made for staff who needed to use TikTok “to perform their democratic duties”.
“This decision has been made based on our own experts’ analysis and following discussion with our colleagues across government and internationally”, he said.
“Based on this information the service has determined that the risks are not acceptable in the current New Zealand parliamentary environment.”
The ban is expected to take place at the end of March.
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