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Texas universities block access to TikTok on campus Wi-Fi networks

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The University of Texas at Austin has blocked access to the TikTok video-sharing app on its Wi-Fi and wired networks in response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent directive requiring all government agencies to remove the app from government devices. letter sent to students on Tuesday.

“The university is taking these important steps to address the risks to the information contained on the university network and to our critical infrastructure,” UT-Austin Technology Advisor Jeff Neyland wrote in an email. “As outlined in the Governor’s directive, TikTok collects vast amounts of data from its users’ devices, including when, where and how they engage in online activity, and offers this trove of potentially sensitive information to the Chinese government.”

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