• According to a direction issued by the security minister Britain’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) is looking into TikTok.
  • The United Kingdom will follow in the footsteps of the United States, the European Union as well as Canada for a data and security inspection of TikTok.
  • Authorities are looking into whether the app, which is owned by China, could pose a security risk.

This week, secretary of state, Tom Tugendhat, directed the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) to study whether they should remove the app that plays videos from official devices.

NCSC comments and their implications for National Security

The NCSC is currently looking into TikTok due to the fact that the app’s video content could compromise the security of the nation’s borders by storing user information on it.

In the wake of the investigation into the app for video however, it’s not clear whether TikTok will be removed. However, during a discussion with the UK’s security chief He said that the final decision is contingent on the NCSC review.

The NCSC’s cybersecurity experts’ comments will determine whether a user’s information is secure on TikTok and if it poses any security risk for the nation.

He hasd regarding the review:

“Understanding precisely what issues these apps present as well as what they’re seeking and how they’re impacting our lives is vital.”

The reason is that he commissioned TikTok investigations to ensure it could be made sure that NCSC could better be aware of the consequences of TikTok usage. Additionally, to assess the amount of data stored on the application and if the Chinese government could make use of it to hack into the national security.

The typical teenager utilizes TikTok and this means the government has access to various news sources. In the course of the measures taken the security minister spoke of the name of the company that owns these new sources in the UK.

Recently in the last few days, The US, EU, and Canada have banned all government officials and employees from using the TikTok app on their mobile devices. This has increased pressure on the UK to follow the example that its counterparts have followed and scrutinize TikTok also.

International reactions to TikTok’s defense allegations of data privacy

It is a fact that TikTok, the popular video app belongs to the Chinese and is under the Chinese government’s control, as per to these countries which have banned TikTok could pose a threat.

This is because of that Chinese government’s capability to make use of TikTok to collect on the information of its citizens as well as the government. Data leaks are a threat for the security of any nation.

Apart from that aside, the Chinese government isn’t an UK allies, which means that it is necessary to protect every data file and observing for security risks.

While the application is restricted in certain countries including India, TikTok users reached 1.8 billion at the end of 2022 which is more than a billion active users each month. With that many users, it is clear that a significant amount of data is kept and therefore the need for privacy of data.

TikTok has privacy policies, however it does state that Chinese staff could have access to user’s data in a few circumstances that they didn’t mention. This raises security and privacy concerns regarding Tiktok. Another reason is that governments in these countries are examining the video application.

The Chinese government might decide to gather data from devices and phones within the UK to increase control over the UK’s political system. In reaction to ongoing TikTok investigation, the spokesperson for TikTok declared that it would be a disappointment to find out that the UK has banned TikTok from all government devices.

Some countries, he says are making these decisions based on fear and motivated by the larger geopolitics. He also said that measures were being taken by them to safeguard the data from UK users.

TikTok defends its function as a social media platform, and has denies claims that it gives details to the Chinese government.

However, due to security concerns regarding cyber-attacks it is essential to ban the use of any technology that is based outside the country which could compromise the security of our nation.

In the end, all governments should be accountable for the safety of its citizens security.