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With hot air balloons being shot down by our military and we are told that they belonged to the Chinese government. Now, things are really starting to get even crazier (if you ask me) because of this TikTok thing that they (the Chinese) own and I've heard that they 'could' be spying on us and can see all our personal and confidential information.

First off, yes I have a TikTok account only because my daughter talked me into doing some silly videos on it (like the videos below), that are a lot of fun if you ask me. Nonetheless, I understand that when I signed up for the account I allowed "them" (the TikTok Chinese Government peeps) into all my personal accounts and info. Now, I'm hearing that the Texas Governor is wanting to ban TikTok on all devices used to conduct business with our State.

Caution: The TikTok videos posted here could be addicting videos. You've been warned.

While I know that big brother knows and sees everything, I mean, if they can tell who you are before you ever get close to, like the Pentagon building using a geofencing type software and go through your phone seeing everything you've been doing on your cell phone. I think it's time to do what phones were used for and that is calling people.

Governor Greg Abbott announced just a few days ago a statewide model security plan for Texas state agencies to address vulnerabilities presented by the use of... yep, you guessed it "TikTok" and any other software on personal and state-issued devices. Following the Governor's directive, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas Department of Information Resources (TDIR) developed a model plan to guide state agencies on managing personal and state-issued devices used to conduct state business. All state agencies had until February 15, 2023, to implement their own policy to enforce this statewide plan.

The Governor said, “The security risks associated with the use of TikTok on devices used to conduct the important business of our state must not be underestimated or ignored.” Governor Abbott went on to say “owned by a Chinese company that employs Chinese Communist Party members, TikTok harvests significant amounts of data/information  from a user’s device, including details about a user’s internet activity. Other prohibited technologies listed in the statewide model plan also produce a similar threat to the security of Texans.  I thank the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Department of Information Resources for their hard work helping safeguard the state’s sensitive information and critical infrastructure from potential threats posed by hostile foreign actors.” Source: Office of the Texas Governor

To protect the States' sensitive information from any potential threats, Governor Abbotts' model plan outlines the objectives for each state agency. To see how that will affect
Texans, check out the step-by-step plans the State has posted.

Governor Abbott says that they have taken significant action to combat threats to Texas’ cybersecurity, including signing the Lone Star Infrastructure Protection Act in 2021 to fortify certain physical infrastructure against threats that include hostile foreign actors.

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