MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved the governor’s TikTok ban bill.
SB 426 says the Chief Information Security Officer will develop standards regarding banned high-risk technology platforms or products. All levels of government – local governments, K-12 schools, higher education, and state entities – must enforce those standards.
In addition, all levels of government “must remove, restrict, and ban those high-risk technology platforms or products that pose a cybersecurity threat from all government systems, services, networks, devices, or locations.”
A Judiciary Committee tweak of the bill adds a specific reference to TikTok.
Committee counsel told the senators that since 2020, at least 25 states have targeted these issues, with many specifically aimed at TikTok – which is closely tied to the Chinese Communist Party. The bans are bipartisan, occurring in red and blue states…