Canada Is Banning TikTok From Government Phones Because Of 'Privacy & Security' Risks

"The Chief Information Officer of Canada determined that it presents an unacceptable level of risk."

Senior Editor
The TikTok app.

The TikTok app.

As of February 28, 2023, officials with Canadian government-issued phones will no longer be able to use TikTok on their devices. They will also be blocked from downloading the app.

The Treasury Board of Canada President Mona Fortier announced the decision Monday, citing a review of the app by the Chief Information Officer of Canada that "determined that it presents an unacceptable level of risk to privacy and security."

In a statement, Fortier described the measure as a "precaution" given TikTok's "data collection methods" on users' phones and the "legal regime that governs the information collected," but made clear there is so far "no evidence at this point that government information has been compromised."

Members of the general public can still use TikTok, though Fortier said Canadians should "understand the risks and make an informed choice on their own before deciding what tools to use.”

Thomas MacDonald
Senior Editor
Thomas is MTL Blog's Senior Editor. He lives in Saint-Henri and loves it so much that he named his cat after it. On weekdays, he's publishing stories, editing and helping to manage MTL Blog's team of amazing writers. His beats include the STM, provincial and municipal politics and Céline Dion. On weekends, you might run into him brunching at Greenspot, walking along the Lachine Canal or walking Henri the cat in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.
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