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Technology US Army is the latest military branch to ban TikTok

23:50  31 december  2019
23:50  31 december  2019 Source:   engadget.com

TikTok's parent company reportedly faces a national security review

  TikTok's parent company reportedly faces a national security review Recently TikTok's popularity has exploded worldwide, and so has scrutiny over the app's parent company ByteDance and its relationship to the Chinese government. Now Reuters reports that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has opened a national security review of the company, because it had not sought approval to make its $1 billion acquisition of Musical.ly in 2017. US lawmakers have expressed concern's over theUS lawmakers have expressed concern's over the app's ability to collect data, while the company responded saying "TikTok is committed to being a trusted and responsible corporate citizen in the US, which includes working with Congress and all relevant regulatory agencies.

The Army has banned the use of TikTok on government-issued phones, with Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa telling Military .com that it ' s As with the Navy ban , the Army is likely concerned that TikTok ' s Chinese parent company ByteDance could pose problems. While there' s no evidence of

Robin Ochoa, an Army spokeswoman, told Military .com. " We do not allow it on government phones." In late October, Sen. Tom Cotton R-Arkansas, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, asked U . S . intelligence officials to investigate whether TikTok represents a national security risk to

The Navy isn't the only American military branch clamping down on TikTok. The Army has banned the use of TikTok on government-issued phones, with Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa telling Military.com that it's "considered a cyber threat." The Army started warning soldiers in mid-December, roughly at the same time the Defense Department was telling employees to delete TikTok to "circumvent any exposure of personal information."

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As with the Navy ban, the Army is likely concerned that TikTok's Chinese parent company ByteDance could pose problems. While there's no evidence of suspicious activity taking place, ByteDance could theoretically be compelled to forward soldiers' sensitive info to the Chinese government or to recruit soldiers as spies.The company has been eager to fend off such claims, to the point where reports have speculated that it might sell control of TikTok to reassure nervous US officials.

US Navy bans TikTok over security worries, says report

  US Navy bans TikTok over security worries, says report The Navy reportedly tells personnel they can't have the app on government-issued mobile devices and warns them about safeguarding personal information.Loose lips sink ships.

The Army cannot ban its personnel from using TikTok on their personal phones, Ochoa told Military .com, but leaders recommended that service BuzzFeed News did not find any evidence at the time that TikTok blocked pro–Hong Kong democracy videos. The dual bans by the US Army and

United States Army soldiers can no longer use TikTok on government-owned phones following a decision to ban the app. “It is considered a cyber threat,” Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa told Military .com, which broke The army reportedly used TikTok to recruit members prior to the ban .

It's not known if the Air Force or Marine Corps have implemented similar policies, although it's likely given coordination between the forces.

None of the services can ban TikTok from personal phones, so this might not wreck soldiers' attempts to document their adventures. However, that still leaves some concerns about security. The Army still asks soldiers to be wary of strange texts, according to Ochoa, but it's ultimately up to the troops to avoid sharing valuable data.

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TikTok fixed a flaw that could have exposed user accounts .
TikTok has been the subject of national security concerns for some time, and now things are set to get a little more uncomfortable for the company. According to cybersecurity company Check Point, the popular app had serious vulnerabilities that could have allowed hackers to obtain personal information and manipulate user data. The vulnerability could have resulted in TikTok users being sent messages containing malicious links. If clicked, attackers could take control of user accounts. Check Point also discovered a separate flaw, which allowed researchers to obtain personal information via TikTok's website.

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