Orange with 6 media, Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 11:27 am
Authorities are concerned about the risk associated with cyber security and data security. So the government has announced a ban on entertainment apps on government officials’ smartphones, Le Monde reported.
Paris wanted to make a firm decision. “Entertainment apps like TikTok are now banned, effective immediately, on all phones issued by the government to public officials.”Clarified on Twitter Jean-Noël Parrott, minister representative responsible for digital transformation and telecommunications, Friday March 24.
Besides TikTok, Netflix (streaming), Candy Crush (games) or Twitter (social network), for example, are concerned. This, on the phones of 2.5 million government employees. “Exceptions may be made for professional requirements such as organizational communication of management”The ministry said in a statement.
Strategic Defense Issues
To justify the decision, French authorities cite cyber security and data protection as a risk related to strategic security issues. the world. Already, many close partners such as the US or the European Commission have opted for similar restrictions on TikTok. But Paris doesn’t limit itself to Chinese consumption, but sees it as broader.
US apps (Twitter and Netflix, for example) are also concerned. The political message isn’t directed exclusively against China, which is where TikTok comes from, as is its parent company, ByteDance. What landmine represents Western repression against Beijing? In doing so, Paris shows its integrity and underscores suspicions about unofficial US intentions, while spying is a common practice between states.