European Union Commission suspends TikTok use on work devices

The measure will affect around 32,000 permanent and contract employees in 27 member states.
TikTok's London offices, February 2022

The European Union Commission on Thursday suspended the use of TikTok on work devices and EU employees' personal devices that are used for work.

"This measure aims to protect the Commission against cybersecurity threats and actions which may be exploited for cyber-attacks against the corporate environment of the Commission," the agency said.

The decision is in line with strict internal cybersecurity policies, the commission also said. The measure will affect about 32,000 permanent and contract employees in 27 member states.

While the European body did not mention China in the ban, TikTok, owned by the Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., has been banned in the U.S. by the federal government and some states over security concerns involving the handling of user data and the platform's relationship with the Chinese Communist Party.