ASD leaves TikTok ban decisions in departmental hands


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The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has said even though it provides technical advice on cybersecurity matters to the Australian government, it does not impose bans on apps or technology.

One particular issue has been whether apps like Wechat and TikTok pose a security threat for Australian government employees, and whether the apps should be allowed onto work devices.

It is a matter for individual departments to make their own risk judgements weighed against the potential utility of the application for the proper running of their own organisations, the intelligence agency said in answer to a Senate Estimates Question on Notice.

In response to another question, ASD did say it provided technical advice to government, but has not undertaken a wide-ranging risk assessment.

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