European Commission bans staff from using TikTok on work devices

The European Commission has banned staff from using the Chinese video-sharing app TikTok on work devices, citing security reasons.

The Commission said on Thursday it has decided to suspend the use of the TikTok application on its corporate devices and personal devices enrolled in the Commission mobile device service.

It says the measure is aimed at protecting the Commission against cybersecurity threats.

The Commission says staff will be required to delete TikTok from devices they use at work by March 15.

The US Senate passed legislation in December to ban TikTok from devices owned by the federal government.

Multiple media outlets say more than half of US states also prohibit the use of TikTok on devices owned by state governments.

The CEO of TikTok is scheduled to testify before Congress in March about the firm's consumer privacy and data security practices.

Canada's privacy protection authorities also announced on Thursday that they have launched an investigation into TikTok.

The authorities say they will examine whether TikTok has obtained valid consent for the collection, use and disclosure of users' personal information in line with Canadian privacy legislation. They say the investigation will focus on TikTok's privacy practices regarding younger users.