This bill requires the state to remove the Chinese owned popular Apps, such programs as TikTok and WeChat, from being installed on government phones, tablets and other devices. The concern is over the Chinese government having access to private data from the App. Authorizes State Chief Information Officer to designate other covered entities. TikTok is an online hosting service for short-form videos and is owned by ByteDance Ltd., an internet technology company located in Beijing, China.
The measure does include an exception for state agencies that use the products of these vendors for carrying out law enforcement activities and requires these agencies adopt risk mitigation standards and procedures.
Proposed Amendment replaces Alibaba Group Holding Limited (formerly Yahoo! Inc,) with Ant Group Co. Limited, and affiliate of the Chinese conglomerate Alibaba Group. Ant Group owns the world’s largest mobile (digital) payment platform Alipay and claims to be privately owned. Alibaba Group is their biggest shareholder. The Amendment also exempt the Secretary of State and State Treasurer with guidelines.
The federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 (P.L. 117-328), incorporated S. 1143, also known as the “No TikTok on Government Devices Act” which directed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and national security agencies to develop standards and guidelines to remove the video hosting platform TikTok from federal information technology.
Currently, 27 states have enacted legislation or administrative orders to block the use of TikTok on state technology devices.
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