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TWU blocks TikTok access on university networks

Texas Woman’s has blocked TikTok access on its networks as an additional step in complying with Gov. Greg Abbott’s directive to state agencies.

Effective Jan. 18, the university blocked TikTok access on its networks. No one may access TikTok on any device if they’re connected to Texas Woman’s via its wired or WIFI networks.

In response to the governor’s Dec. 7 letter to state agencies, all verified TWU TikTok activity was frozen. Faculty and staff were directed to immediately remove and stop using or downloading TikTok on TWU-issued and/or managed cell phones, laptops, tablets and desktop computers.

Texas Woman’s took the additional step of banning TikTok access on its networks to eliminate risks to information contained in the university’s network and to its critical infrastructure. As noted in the governor’s letter, TikTok harvests vast amounts of data from its users’ devices – including when, where, and how they conduct internet activity – and offers the potentially sensitive information to the Chinese government. The letter also notes that ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok, reportedly “planned to use TikTok location information to surveil individual American citizens."

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