Wisconsin Spotlight | Dec. 22, 2022

By M.D. Kittle 

MADISON — While Gov. Tony Evers decides whether TikTok is the national security risk that cybersecurity experts and congress believe it is, a new report from the Wisconsin Institute of Law & Liberty spells out the dangers of the popular video-sharing app directly tied to communist China. 

The Mysterious TikTok-ing Noise” recaps the meteoric rise of TikTok and recounts the invasive ways the social media giant records data from its users. WILL strongly recommends Wisconsin heed the urging of federal officials and ban TikTok from government-operated electronic devices, just as several states and southeast Wisconsin’s Washington County have done. 

“TikTok poses a substantial security risk to state and local governments,” said WILL Senior Research Analyst Noah Diekemper, author of the study. “Our state government owes it to Wisconsinites to keep public operations safe from technological vulnerability at the hands of authoritarian adversaries.”

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI 8th CD), has introduced legislation to ban the app in the U.S. 

“TikTok is Chinese Communist Party spyware and belongs nowhere near government devices,” the congressman said. “WILL’s report clearly defines the threat it poses to government employees and should leave every Wisconsinite asking one question: Why does Governor Evers continue to allow this app to be on state government devices?”

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