Ottawa: Aiming to keeping government information secure, the government of Canada has banned the use of TikTok on government devices from February 28.
President of the Treasury Board, Mona Fortier announced the ban of the use of the TikTok application on government-issued mobile devices and said that this decision has been taken as a precaution measure, 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.
According to the government orders, the TikTok application to be removed from government-issued mobile devices from Tuesday. Users of these devices will also be blocked from downloading the application in the future. Following a review of TikTok, the Chief Information Officer of Canada determined that it presents an unacceptable level of risk to privacy and security.
The government in a statement said that risks of using this application are clear but the government has no evidence at this point that government information has been compromised. On a mobile device, TikTok’s data collection methods provide considerable access to the contents of the phone.