During the meeting of the Cyber Security Operative Council on Wednesday, the Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitization, Sebastian Burduja, presented a technical report on the cyber security risks associated with the installation and use of the TikTok application.
The technical report presented by the Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitization was developed by the National Cyberint Center of the Romanian Intelligence Service, based on the data and information resulting from the testing of the Tiktok application.
The Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization argued within the Cyber Security Operative Council that there are cyber security risks related to the installation and use of the TikTok application on the service devices of public authorities and institutions and, in addition, that an information campaign and awareness for Romanian citizens who use the application.
“Within COSC it was decided that each public authority member of COSC, according to art. 8 para. (1) from Law no. 58/2023 regarding the cyber security and defense of Romania, as well as for the modification and completion of some normative acts, to make its own analysis of the risks, vulnerabilities and cyber security threats associated with the installation and use of the TikTok application. The deadline for completing the analysis is one week. Until the analysis is completed and some administrative acts are adopted, the COSC recommended the National Cyber Security Directorate to issue, pursuant to art. 10 para. (1) lit. a) and of art. 24 para. (1), (2) letter i) and j) and para. (3) lit. d) and e) from Law no. 58/2023 and of art. 5 lit. b), point 4 of Emergency Ordinance no. 104/2021 on the establishment of the National Cyber Security Directorate, a recommendation to central and local public authorities and institutions to uninstall and ban the TikTok application on service devices. MCID recommends that Romanian citizens adopt a prudent and diligent position regarding the use of the TikTok application, considering the cyber security risks resulting from its use. There is no question of banning the use of the TikTok application by Romanian citizens on personal devices, but we draw attention to the fact that its use may lead to the application accessing the user’s personal data, to the creation of a user profile and to access to third-party devices with which the user of the application interacts in the cyber environment”, reports MCID.
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