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Federal interim rule prohibiting TikTok on devices used in performance of federal contracts

September 6, 2023

OVPR has developed a robust series of FAQs to help U-M researchers navigate this interim rule. An interim rule issued by the federal government prohibits the presence or use of TikTok on devices that are used by individuals for purposes of federal contract work.

This federal ban applies to all devices used in the performance of federal contracts, whether the device is owned by the federal government, a contractor or a contractor’s employee (i.e., personal devices). Beyond TikTok, other services developed or provided by ByteDance Limited also are prohibited, according to federal guidance.

The interim rule applies to federal contracts awarded or modified on or after June 2, 2023. It does not apply to federal grants or cooperative agreements.

If you have any further questions, please contact Lisa Nichols, executive director of the OVPR Research Security Team, at