Cooper bans apps like TikTok, WeChat from government devices

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GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) — Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order Thursday banning the use of certain phone apps and websites on government devices. This includes computers and cell phones.

The order develops a 14-day policy which prohibits the use of TikTok, WeChat and other potential programs on government agency information technology systems in a manner that creates an unacceptable cybersecurity risk.

“This guidance is a step in the right direction,” said NC House Representative John Hardister. “I appreciate the governor’s leadership for working with us in this initiative. I look forward to our continued efforts to develop long-term plans to enhance our cybersecurity.”

Cybersecurity professionals have identified TikTok and WeChat as high-risk apps due to a lack of adequate privacy controls and ties to countries that sponsor or support cyberattacks against the United States.



Cooper bans apps like TikTok, WeChat from government devices

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