Ontario May Ban TikTok on Government-issued Mobiles Following Federal Government’s Lead
Following the federal government’s decision to ban TikTok on all government-issued mobile devices over security concerns, Ontario is reviewing whether it should do the same. Ontario’s review follows Quebec’s decision of banning the installation and use of TikTok on government mobile devices.
On February 27, Treasury Board President Mona Fortier announced through a statement that the use of the Chinese app TikTok will be banned for all government-issued mobile devices. The app will be removed from said devices because it poses a security risk. “Following a review of TikTok, the Chief Information Officer of Canada determined that it presents an unacceptable level of risk to privacy and security,” Fortier said.
Now, Ontario is also reviewing whether it should do the same, according to a spokesperson from the Premier’s Office. As per a note obtained by CTV, “a review of the mobile application’s behavior…found that TikTok’s data collection methods may leave users vulnerable to cyber-attacks.”
After the federal government announced its decision, TikTok put out a statement that said, “We are always available to meet with our government officials to discuss how we protect the privacy and security of Canadians, but singling out TikTok in this way does nothing to achieve that shared goal.” It added that the government did not reach out with any questions.