New Jersey, Ohio join other states in banning TikTok from state devices

New Jersey, Ohio join other states in banning TikTok from state devices

New Jersey, Ohio join other states in banning TikTok from state devices

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – New Jersey and Ohio said on Monday they were joining other states in banning the use of popular video app TikTok on government-owned and managed devices.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, said that in addition to banning the short-video app owned by Chinese technology conglomerate ByteDance from state equipment, he would also ban software vendors, products and services of more than a dozen vendors, including Huawei, Hikvision and more. Services are also being banned. (002415.SZ)Tencent Holdings (0700.Hong Kong)ZTE Corporation (000063.SZ) and Kaspersky Lab.

Murphy’s office said “there have been national security concerns regarding user data ByteDance may be required to provide to the Chinese government.”

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, said in his order, “These secret data privacy and cybersecurity practices are critical to national and local security and cyber security for users of these applications and platforms and for devices that store the applications and platforms.” pose a threat.”

TikTok said it is “disappointed that so many states are jumping on the political bandwagon to enact policies that will do nothing to advance cyber security in their states and are based on baseless lies about TikTok.”

On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said he planned to join other states in banning use of the popular video app, which has more than 100 million US users.

Republican governors have taken the lead in banning TikTok from state devices and some Democratic governors have been slow to do so.

US FBI Director Christopher Wray said in November that the demand to ban TikTok from government tools posed a national security risk. Ray flagged the danger that the Chinese government could use the app to influence users or control their devices.

Reuters reported Tiktok has put on hold on Friday A hiring process for advisers that would help it implement a potential security deal with the United States, two people familiar with the matter said, as more US officials oppose such a deal.

For three years, TikTok has been trying to assure Washington that the personal data of US citizens cannot be accessed and its content manipulated by China’s Communist Party or any other entity under Beijing’s influence .

Reporting by David Shepperson; Editing by David Gregorio and Christopher Cushing

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