New Zealand will ban Chinese social network TikTok from devices issued to members of parliament, officials announced on Friday, following the country’s footsteps with other Western nations that have taken similar measures.
According to Rafael Gonzalez-Montero, an official of the New Zealand Parliament, the risks are “not acceptable in the current parliamentary environment in New Zealand”.
“The decision was taken on the basis of the analyzes of our own experts, after a discussion with our colleagues in government and internationally,” he added.
This is not the first country to take such a step.
New Zealand therefore follows federal agencies in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, which have already banned TikTok from government devices due to data security concerns.