Denmark broadcaster bans TikTok on work devices

Denmark’s public-service broadcaster DR has become the latest organisation to raise security concerns over Chinese social media platform TikTok.

In a statement on its website, DR said that it now advises employees not to use the app on their work phones.

The move follows a security review and warnings from Denmark’s Centre for Cyber Security.

Should journalists need to use TikTok for research purposes, they can request special TikTok phones, said the broadcaster. However, DR’s tech correspondent Henrik Moltke said in a tweet that he had asked for one of these phones and was told they were not yet available.

The ByteDance-owned company recently announced new security measures due to fears over how user data is shared with China. These include storing data locally and using an external security firm to monitor data flows.

Several other organisations have recently banned the use of TikTok on work devices or warned of potential security problems in the app, including the Czech cyber security watchdog NUKIB which said it had concerns over amount of data that is collected by the app.

The Canadian Government has also banned TikTok on government devices, while the EU Commission has similarly banned TikTok from both corporate and personal devices over cybersecurity concerns.

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