The Canadian government has decided to ban TikTok from all government-issued devices, citing concerns over the app’s data handling practices and potential security risks. The decision comes after similar bans were imposed by the US and India, amid growing concerns over the Chinese-owned social media platform’s links to the Chinese government.
According to a spokesperson for the Canadian government, the ban is in line with the country’s commitment to protecting the privacy and security of its citizens, and is part of a broader effort to safeguard government networks and systems from cyber threats.
TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has been under scrutiny for its data collection practices, which critics say could enable the Chinese government to access sensitive user information. The app has also faced allegations of censorship and bias, with some accusing it of promoting certain political views while suppressing others.
In response to the ban, TikTok has stated that it takes user privacy and security very seriously, and has implemented a number of measures to address these concerns, such as opening a transparency center in the US where outside experts can review its data handling practices.
The ban on TikTok is just the latest move in a growing trend of governments cracking down on technology companies and their data handling practices. As concerns over data privacy and security continue to mount, it is likely that we will see more countries taking similar measures to safeguard their citizens and their information.