The Canadian government will ban the use of TikTok on government-issued mobile devices starting Tuesday, according to a statement from Mona Fortier, the president of Canada’s Treasury Board. The move came after the chief information officer of Canada determined the app presents an “unacceptable level of risk to privacy and security.”
“The decision to remove and block TikTok from government mobile devices is being taken as a precaution, 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,” Fortier said in the statement, which was shared on Twitter.
Fortier said there’s no evidence that Canadian government information has been compromised.
Following the announcement, TikTok said it’s willing to talk with government officials about privacy concerns over the app.
“It’s curious that the government of Canada has moved to block TikTok on government-issued devices — without citing any specific security concern or contacting us with questions — only after similar bans were introduced in the EU and the US,” a TikTok spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “We are always available to meet with our government officials to discuss how we protect the privacy and security of Canadians, but singling out TikTok in this way does nothing to achieve that shared goal. All it does is prevent officials from reaching the public on a platform loved by millions of Canadians.”