PETALING JAYA: The government is looking into regulations to protect its secrets from being circulated on social media by civil servants, communications and digital minister Fahmi Fadzil said.
Fahmi said CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) has been tasked with scrutinising security issues involving the use of social media at all government offices and agencies, Bernama reported.
He said the use of TikTok and Facebook in government offices could inadvertently reveal secrets or sensitive material.
“We don’t want to violate the Official Secrets Act, especially when administrative officers are handling classified documents. So, the security aspect is really important,” he was quoted as saying.
His ministry also wants to identify sites that would be off-limits to filming.
“These are among the areas to be looked into,” he said.
Fahmi said some countries already had advanced security measures in place, which his ministry would refer to.
It was recently reported that Washington gave US agencies 30 days to ensure that employees did not have TikTok on federal devices.
The order follows similar moves by the EU and Canada in recent weeks.
The Chinese-owned app was accused of harvesting users’ data and handing it to Beijing. China’s foreign ministry has since accused the US of suppressing Chinese enterprises.