June 02
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Denmark's parliament on Tuesday urged lawmakers and 179-member assembly staff not to install the Chinese app TikTok on work phones as a cybersecurity measure, saying "there is a risk of espionage," The Associated Press reported.

The popular Chinese video app has increasingly come under scrutiny in Europe and the U.S. over security and data privacy amid concerns that TikTok could be used to promote pro-Beijing views or to gather information on users.

The speaker of the Danish parliament, Søren Gade, said an e-mail was sent Tuesday to lawmakers and staff members "strongly recommending that you remove the TikTok app if you have previously installed it."

Parliament took the action after an assessment by the Danish Cybersecurity Center, which said "there is a risk of espionage." The agency is part of Denmark's foreign intelligence service.

It is not yet known how many Danish lawmakers have TikTok installed. In recent days, several politicians have publicly said they have removed the app from their work phones because of cybersecurity concerns.

Earlier this month, the European Union executive said it temporarily banned TikTok from phones used by employees as a cybersecurity measure.

The EU action followed similar measures in the U.S., where more than half of the country's 50 states and Congress have banned TikTok on official government devices.

And earlier it became known that the White House gave federal agencies 30 days to remove the application from all government devices.

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