Alberta, Calgary ban TikTok from government devices


The Alberta government and the City of Calgary are joining the federal government in banning TikTok on all government-issued mobile devices, a spokesperson confirmed to QR Calgary on Wednesday. “As part of our commitment to ensuring the integrity of all government IT devices, we have conducted a risk assessment of TikTok and have decided to remove and ban the application from all government devices,” said Melissa Crane, Alberta’s press secretary for technology and innovation.“This will include all desktops, laptops, and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.”There have been no reported incidents of spying or information breaches resulting from the use of TikTok and the Alberta government is banning the app as a “proactive step” to safeguard its network security, Crane added. Story continues below advertisement “We will be automating the removal of TikTok from government devices, though staff are encouraged to remove the application immediately,” the press secretary said.The City of Calgary also said it will ban TikTok from all city devices effective Wednesday.“Following recent decisions from the government of Canada, the government of Alberta, the European Union and the United States government to block the use of TikTok on their organizations’ devices, the City of Calgary will be removing access to TikTok from city devices on Wednesday, March 1 to protect the city’s information and technology environment against significant security and privacy threats,” said a city spokesperson. Trending Now Alberta isn’t the only province to ban TikTok from its devices. 1:47 TikTok ban: Poilievre, Singh lead way in dropping Chinese-owned app after Canadian government policy The Quebec government’s cybersecurity minister also announced on Monday that the province will prohibit the app on government-issued devices as a “preventative measure.” Story continues below advertisement “In light of research and analysis made regarding the use of TikTok, it seems necessary to apply the precautionary principle and to no longer allow the installation and use of this application for the moment,” Éric Caire said in a statement.The move comes after federal Treasury Board President Mona Fortier announced Monday that TikTok will be removed from federally issued mobile devices after a review found that the app presents an “unacceptable level of risk to privacy and security.”TikTok’s data collection methods on mobile devices provide “considerable access” to the phone’s contents, the federal government said, but there is no evidence that government information has been compromised.Both the U.S. and the European Union made similar moves against TikTok, which has links to the Chinese government. The privacy concerns stem from a Chinese law that requires companies to co-operate with Beijing if asked.The federal privacy commissioner announced last Thursday that their office will join privacy watchdogs in Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta to “jointly investigate the short-form video streaming application,” a post on the federal watchdog’s website said.Global News reached out to the City of Edmonton with a request for comment. Story continues below advertisement — with files from Global News’ Rachel Gilmore and Kalina Laframboise. &copy 2023 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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