TikTok Banned on House Smartphones

The U.S. House of Representatives has announced that it will no longer permit the use of TikTok on any devices under its management. The ban was announced by the House’s Chief Administrative Office on Tuesday, following the introduction of legislation that would prohibit the use of TikTok on all federal devices. Security issues make the app “high risk,” according to the House cybersecurity office.

Here are some questions you have to ask.

How is it possible that any social media apps are allowed on government-issued devices?

What does the government think that the data collected from all commercial apps is used for? Meta (Facebook), Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple know more about you than TikTok. AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile collect an insane amount of data about the behavior of your phone.

What, specifically, is the government trying to protect us from? If it is concerned about our privacy, where are the rest of the privacy laws? (Ones that would actually protect our privacy and enhance national security.)

Do we really think that aggregating data used to optimize recreational viewing behavior is a threat? If so, what are we going to do about it?

We need serious regulation. This ban is political theater (which I’m sure has its place), but we need serious regulation across the full spectrum of data collection, not just window dressing.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, co-founder of Metacademy, and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and his latest book, Blockchain - Cryptocurrency, NFTs & Smart Contracts: An executive guide to the world of decentralized finance, is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.

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