Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, the curtain will come down on TikTok for those using Johnson County’s guest or staff networks at county buildings.
Bill Nixon, the county’s director of technology and innovation, announced that due to security concerns, the popular video-sharing app will no longer be available as a social media diversion for people logged into the JoCo network.
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States and counties have taken action against TikTok
In doing so, the county joins 25 states — including Kansas — and many other counties that have taken similar measures.
Federal officials have warned that users’ personal data could easily be collected and used by the Chinese government in ways that don’t run afoul of US privacy laws.
TikTok was developed in China and has been at the center of growing concerns about data collection. The FBI recently called him a national security risk.
JoCo’s order mostly affects county employees
Nixon said the county began investigating the app last July and decided to cut off access to its networks after the federal and state governments began doing the same.
The ban mostly affects employees working on the county network, but it is an exception for those who have a business need for access.
Law enforcement agencies can still use TikTok to post news, Nixon said, although the sheriff’s office is investigating whether to start using a different platform.