Canada bans “Tik Tok” and Washington gives government agencies a month to ban it
The Canadian government has banned the TikTok app from all of its phones and devices, citing data protection concerns.
And the White House, at the same time, gave government agencies 30 days to ensure that the application does not exist on any of the devices or systems of the federal government.
For months, the “Tik Tok” application, owned by the Chinese company “ByteDance”, has been under the microscope of the West, due to concerns about the extent of Beijing’s access to user data. According to "Sky News Arabia".
And a statement from the Canadian government stated that, starting today, Tuesday, “the TikTok application will be removed from government-granted mobile devices.
Users of these devices will also be prevented from downloading the application in the future. According to the statement.
Canada's chief communications officer "concluded that the app presents an unacceptable level of privacy and security risk."
In Washington, Shalanda Young, director of the Office of Management and Budget for government agencies, said in a guidance note that they would be required to amend information technology contracts to ensure that contractors protect US data by stopping the use of “TikTok” on devices and systems used in their framework.
Last week, the European Commission banned the application on its devices, after similar steps in the United States.
A spokesman for TikTok was surprised by the Canadian decision to ban the app.
It was taken “without mentioning any specific security concerns” or consulting the company.