Governors of numerous states have issued Executive Orders in the past several weeks banning TikTok from government-issued devices and many have already implemented a ban, with others considering similar measures. There is also bi-partisan support of a ban in the Senate, which unanimously approved a bill last week that would ban the app from devices issued by federal agencies. There is already a ban prohibiting military personnel from downloading the app on government-issued devices.
The bans are in response to the national security concerns that TikTok poses to U.S. citizens [View related posts].
To date, 19 states have issued some sort of ban on the use of TikTok on government-issued devices, including some Executive Orders banning the use of TikTok statewide on all government-issued devices. Other state officials have implemented a ban within an individual state department, such as the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office. In 2020, Nebraska was the first state to issue a ban. Other states that have banned TikTok use in some way are: South Dakota, North Dakota, Maryland, South Carolina, Texas, New Hampshire, Utah, Louisiana, West Virginia, Georgia, Oklahoma, Idaho, Iowa, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, and Montana.
Indiana’s Attorney General filed suit against TikTok alleging that the app collects and uses individuals’ sensitive and personal information, but deceives consumers into believing that the information is secure. We anticipate that both the federal government and additional state governments will continue to assess the risk and issue bans on its use in the next few weeks.