Rule also prohibits downloading the application on devices given to employees due to risk “to security and privacy”
Canada announced this Monday (27.Feb.2023) that it will prohibit the use of the TikTok application on mobile devices made available to Canadian government employees, such as smartphones e tablets. Come on full of the official communiqué (94 KB, in English).
The rule takes effect from Tuesday (Feb 28) and is justified by precautions with the security and confidentiality of government data.
In the note, the chairman of the Canadian Treasury Board, Mona Fortier, said that the decision was decided due to the legal rules present in the application’s data use policy.
“On a mobile device, TikTok’s data collection methods provide considerable access to phone content”.
Fortier also stated that the measure is in line with the actions of “international partners” from Canada.
The chairman of the Board also said that the Canadian government has no evidence that government information has been compromised.
On Thursday (Feb 23), the European Commission it sent an email to employees of the institution asking them to delete TikTok from their personal devices, if they had work applications installed on their devices.
“To protect European Commission data and increase its cybersecurity, the Corporate Board of Directors has decided to suspend the TikTok app on corporate and personal devices”wrote the organization in the e-mail.
US politicians have also proposed actions to ban the Chinese app. On December 13, 2022, Republican Senator Marco Rubio announced a bipartisan bill that intends to ban TikTok from operating in the United States.
According to the congressman, the social network would be spying on Americans and manipulating elections. The proposal also calls for the White House to take all necessary steps to prevent TikTok from accessing confidential state data.