US gives agencies 30 days to purge TikTok from government devices

The White House has set a deadline for government agencies to impose a ban of the TikTok app on federal devices.

Government agencies will have 30 days to make sure they do not have the Chinese-owned app on federal systems, the White House said on Monday.

Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young informed federal agencies in a guidance memorandum that they must purge TikTok from devices including phones to keep government data safe and stop internet traffic from getting to the company.

Congress ordered the ban in December, after more than half of US states, the European Union, Canada and Taiwan acted to ban TikTok. Lawmakers gave the Biden administration 60 days to issue directives to agencies.

Federal Chief Information Security Officer Chris DeRusha stated that ‘this guidance is part of the Administration’s ongoing commitment to securing our digital infrastructure and protecting the American people’s security and privacy’.

The ban came amid fears that China could be using companies based within its boundaries to spy on Americans.

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