Scottish parliamentarians ‘strongly advised’ to ditch TikTok

Written by PublicTechnology staff on 21 March 2023 in News

MSPs are issued with advice following consultation with National Cyber Security Centre

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Members of the Scottish Parliament and their staff have been advised to remove the video app TikTok from devices which access the parliament's IT systems. 

The parliament said that, following discussions with the National Cyber Security Centre, it was “strongly advising” that all MSPs, their staff, and parliament staff remove the app from any device which accesses Holyrood's systems, including personal devices. 

The advice comes on the back of a ban on the use of the app on UK government devices, which was announced in the Westminster parliament last week by Cabinet Office minister Oliver Dowden.

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In a letter sent to MSPs, the Scottish Parliament said: “You may be aware of [the] statement in the House of Commons regarding the security review of the TikTok application, carried out on behalf of the UK Government Cabinet Office.  As a result of the review, the UK government has now strengthened its position on the use of TikTok and are making moves to ban the application on government devices.”

It said the advice for Scottish representatives was being issued on a “precautionary” basis.

“We consider this advice to be proportionate and necessary given the situation as we currently understand it.  We will continue to liaise with cyber security partners including the National Cyber Security Centre and this advice will be kept under review,” the letter added.


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