France: Government employees barred from playing Candy Crush due to security concerns

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The French government announced last week that its employees will not be allowed to install and use recreational apps such as Candy Crush, Netflix, Twitter and TikTok. An estimated 2.5 million civil servants will now be unable to use these apps on their work phones.

While the time spent on the game while working is considered a waste of time, it is not the primary reason the game is being restricted for the government employees. The government believes it to be a security threat.

The staff of civil service minister Stanislas Guerini stated that the French authorities have ruled the app risky “in terms of cybersecurity and data protection of public officials and the administration,” as reported by The Gamer.

Candy Crush is one of the biggest names in the casual gaming environment. The developer of the game King, which is owned by Activision Blizzard, has reported millions of players for its game. The game has variants but it all boils down to the same match three gameplay.

Apart from Candy Crush, another app on the restriction list is Netflix which has ventured into the casual cloud gaming sector and has gained traction since last year.

While there are many things to watch on the online video streaming service, there is also a huge library of casual games now. These games are designed to be played casually, and some of them have multiplayer option, too.

The Indian government has also banned several applications due to security concerns, which included a highly popular online game PUBG Mobile. The game was banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

Following this, the developers of PUBG PC later released an India specific version of PUBG Mobile called BGMI. However, it was also banned last year for the same reasons as PUBG Mobile.