A growing number of universities are banning TikTok on school-owned devices and university networks - universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas, for example. These universities often say recent state and federal bans led to their decision. More than 30 states have banned TikTok at varying levels. In addition, the U.S. Congress banned TikTok from government-issued devices, and the U.S. armed forces banned it on military devices.
TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, is believed to be able to share sensitive data with the Chinese government. Higher education institutions could lose public funding or face a lawsuit if personnel, student, or research data is breached.
Users at universities with bans can still access TikTok on personal devices using cellular data. As a result, the bans may not have the intended security effect. N'dea Yancey-Bragg "Why are universities banning TikTok? Campuses are limiting use on school devices and Wi-Fi" www.usatoday.com (Jan. 19, 2023).