Georgia Governor Brian Kemp banned TikTok, WeChat and Telegram apps from being downloaded on any state-owned cell telephones, computer systems, laptops or statewide IT programs.
Kemp’s directive got here at some point after the U.S. Senate banned TikTok on any federal units. State staff in Georgia and federal staff across the nation can nonetheless obtain TikTok on their private units — for now. The Senate is predicted to carry hearings on banning TikTok on private units.
“The state of Georgia has a accountability to stop any try and entry and infiltrate its safe information and delicate info by international adversaries such because the CCP,” Kemp stated within the order.
Kemp cited nationwide safety in his resolution.
“The [Chinese Communist Party] poses an ever-present nationwide safety risk to the USA and Georgia,” Kemp stated on Thursday. “As such, it’s our responsibility to take motion to protect the protection and safety of our state towards the CCP, entities it controls, and different international cyberthreats.”
State businesses can request an exemption to permit regulation enforcement investigations into felony exercise on the apps and “different professional enterprise use,” in keeping with steerage from the Georgia Know-how Authority.
Different states and counties have banned TikTok as a result of risk of private information being shared with the Chinese language authorities.
TikTok, a Chinese language-owned firm, has denied sharing Individuals’ private person information with China.