South Dakota TikTok Nonsense

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has signed an executive order officially banning the social media app TikTok from state-owned devices that can access the internet, like phones and laptops. The move comes as concerns grow over the platform’s alleged infringement on national security.

Wait. What?

The wording of this executive order makes it sound like the government of South Dakota allows non-work-related, unapproved apps to be downloaded on state-owned devices. Could this be true? Is it possible that employees of the South Dakota government can still download any app they want (other than TikTok) to their work devices? If this is the case, South Dakota’s data is already at such high risk that TikTok is the least of their problems. I reached out to the governor’s office for comment, but I have not yet heard back.

Let’s hope, for the sake of the good citizens of South Dakota, that their governor and her administration have a better understanding of data privacy than is demonstrated by the wording of this order. Because, as written, this order is a world-class demonstration of technological cluelessness.

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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