Kentucky bans TikTok from government-owned devices


Published: 2023-01-14 11:43

Last Updated: 2023-06-07 07:56

Kentucky bans TikTok from government-owned devices
Kentucky bans TikTok from government-owned devices

The American state of Kentucky has banned the TikTok application on government-owned devices due to cybersecurity concerns.

State authorities said the employee handbook was updated to prevent state employees from accessing the app using government-managed devices “other than for a law enforcement purpose.”

Over 20 states have banned the app as well, with some states going farther than just banning the app such as New Jersey and Wisconsin which banned vendors, products and services from other Chinese companies.

TikTok said it was “disappointed that so many states are jumping on the political bandwagon to enact policies that will do nothing to advance cybersecurity in their states and are based on unfounded falsehoods about TikTok.”

The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had previously stated that TikTok posed risks to national security.

Last month, US President Joe Biden approved a government funding bill that includes a ban on federal employees from using or downloading TikTok on government-owned devices.