TikTok Banned on All Government Devices in Canada Over Privacy, Security Risk
Treasury Board President Mona Fortier has announced that the use of TikTok on all government-issued mobile devices has been banned. The reason for the ban is that the app poses an “unacceptable level of risk to privacy and security.” The Canadian Cyber Center has also stated that Canadians should make an informed choice about using the app.
In a statement, Treasury Board President Mona Fortier announced that effective Tuesday, 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.
The Treasury Board President added, “The decision to remove and block TikTok from government mobile devices is being taken as a precaution, particularly given concerns about the legal regime that governs the information collected from mobile devices, and is in line with the approach of our international partners.”
As of now, there is no evidence that government information has been compromised.