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TikTok ban on Government devices

The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP
Media Release

After receiving advice from intelligence and security agencies, today I authorised the Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department to issue a mandatory direction under the Protective Security Policy Framework to prohibit the TikTok app on devices issued by Commonwealth departments and agencies. The direction will come into effect as soon as practicable.

Exemptions will only be granted on a case-by-case basis and with appropriate security mitigations in place.

For information on the Protective Security Policy Framework, visit Protective Security Policy Framework.

All Australians and Australian businesses can access guidance on the privacy and security risks of social media platforms at Cyber.

For information on how to safely use social media applications, visit eSafety.

The Government has recently received the Review into Foreign Interference through Social Media Applications and its recommendations remain under consideration.