The United States Government has revised the terms that govern certain research and development contracts to prohibit the presence or use of TikTok and successor applications developed or provided by the owner of TikTok, ByteDance Limited and its subsidiary companies, on all devices that are used to a significant extent in performance of covered research and development contracts.
This “TikTok ban” applies to federally-funded contracts and sub-contracts that are subject to Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”), and generally does not apply to research grants and other awards that lack specified deliverables.
The TikTok ban means that devices purchased with Department of Defense funds, devices purchased with other University funds, and personal devices that are substantially used in the performance of covered contracts may not contain the TikTok application. Incidental use of a device in the performance of a covered contract does not subject the device to this prohibition.
In order to help researchers understand the application of this new rule, JHU has developed the following FAQs: