TikTok banned from DFS facilities

Staff Reports

This week, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis signed Directive 2020-14, which bans the use of TikTok on the Department of Financial Services (DFS) devices and within DFS facilities.

This directive comes after reports that TikTok, which is headquartered in Beijing, China, has direct ties to the Communist Party of China and captures vast swaths of information from its users including internet and other network activity information such as location data, browsing and search history. TikTok’s own privacy policy states that the video-sharing application records keystroke patterns entered on devices that have downloaded the app.

      Patronis wrote in a press release, “Top priority as your CFO is to protect our state from fraud and scams, including all major cybersecurity threats. As we’ve seen with the recent unprecedented Twitter hacks, we must take bold action now to protect our data and our devices from these very real security risks.”