Buck Joins Hawley in Reintroducing Bill to Ban TikTok on Government Devices
April 15, 2021
WASHINGTON — Today, Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) re-introduced legislation to ban the Chinese-controlled TikTok app on all United States government devices. In 2020, the Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security restricted TikTok because of the cyber and surveillance threats the app presents.
The No TikTok on Government Devices Act serves as House companion legislation to the Senate bill led by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). Bill text can be found here.
“The No TikTok on Government Devices Act is in the best interest of our national security. Chinese-owned apps are required to report user data to the Chinese Communist Party, that is why we cannot trust TikTok with the sensitive data that exists on U.S. government devices,” Rep. Buck said. "It is well past time to acknowledge the serious cybersecurity threat that TikTok poses and enact a federal government-wide ban on the Chinese app.”
"TikTok is a Trojan Horse for the Chinese Communist Party that has no place on government devices—or any American devices, for that matter," Sen. Hawley said.
Original Cosponsors: Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Chip Roy (R-Texas), Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), Tom Rice (R-S.C.), Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Dan Bishop (R-N.C.), Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) and Sens. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).