The bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives potentially banning TikTok’s use in the U.S. is not a novel idea. The federal government has already banned TikTok’s use for federal employees, some states have banned its use for state employees, and the state of Montana has attempted to ban its use in the state, which was litigated by ByteDance and is presently on appeal. Other countries have banned the use of TikTok over similar concerns without the uproar levied by users in the U.S. Perhaps users in other countries are more sophisticated or care more about national security and privacy concerns than users in the U.S.

The Washington Post published an article on March 13, 2024, that outlines other countries that have already banned TikTok from certain use. They include India, Nepal, European Union, Canada, Britain, Australia, Taiwan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan (yes, even the Taliban banned TikTok in 2022 to “prevent the younger generation from being misled”), and Somalia.

The article is a very interesting read and shows that the concern over the intent of the Chinese Communist Party as it relates to TikTok is global. Encourage your Senators to adopt the House bill banning TikTok in the U.S. unless ByteDance divests the app, so it can be sent to President Biden for signature.

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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team, and chair’s the firm’s Data Privacy and Security Team. Linn focuses her practice on…

Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team, and chair’s the firm’s Data Privacy and Security Team. Linn focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal privacy and security laws and regulations. She counsels a range of public and private clients from industries such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine and charitable organizations, on state and federal data privacy and security investigations, as well as emergency data breach response and mitigation. Linn is an Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Cybersecurity at Brown University and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law.  Prior to joining the firm, Linn served as assistant attorney general and deputy chief of the Civil Division of the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Rhode Island. She earned her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law and her B.A., with honors, in American Studies from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Read her full rc.com bio here.