TikTok blocked from all London City Hall devices amid ongoing ban of the app
Staff at London City Hall will no longer have TikTok on their devices in the latest ban imposed on the Chinese-owned social media app over security concerns.
It comes as the Greater London Authority (GLA) said the rule was implemented as it takes information security “extremely seriously”.
GLA move is taking place just days after the UK Government banned ministers from using the video-sharing app on their work phones following a security review.
As the House of Commons and the Lords also cited security concerns as they decided to ban the app across the Palace of Westminster.
A GLA spokesperson said: “The GLA takes information security extremely seriously.
“In line with the Government’s decision, TikTok will no longer be available on GLA devices.”
TikTok, owned by Chinese internet company ByteDance, argues it does not share data with China.
However, Beijing’s intelligence legislation requires firms to help the Communist Party when requested.
When the UK Government announced its ban last week, citing a risk to “sensitive” data, Beijing reacted angrily.
The Chinese embassy in the UK described it as a move “based on its political motive rather than facts” and said it will “ultimately harm the UK’s own interests”.
A TikTok spokesperson said: “As we have said, we believe these bans are based on fundamental misconceptions and driven by wider geopolitics.
“We are readily available to meet with the Mayor to address any concerns but should be judged on facts and treated equally to our competitors.
“We have begun implementing a comprehensive plan to further protect our European user data, which includes storing UK user data in our European data centres and tightening data access controls, including third-party independent oversight of our approach.”