Calgary bans TikTok from government devices

Calgary bans TikTok from government devices


The TikTok logo on a phone.

The Alberta government and the City of Calgary have joined the federal government in banning the popular videosharing app, TikTok, on all governmentissued devices. This decision comes after a risk assessment of the application determined that it posed a significant security and privacy risk to government information systems.

The ban will apply to all desktops, laptops, and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, and will be automated to ensure the removal of TikTok from government devices.

The City of Calgary has also stated that it will remove access to the app from city devices on Wednesday, March 1 to protect the citys information and technology environment.

The citys Ward 11 Councillor Kourtney Penner has said that she will continue to use TikTok on her personal device, but will be talking to the citys security team to better understand the risks.

The Quebec government has also made a similar move to ban the app, citing the need to apply theprecautionary principle to the apps usage.

The federal government has also removed the app from federally issued mobile devices, citingunacceptable levels of risk to privacy and security due to TikToks data collection methods.

The federal privacy commissioner has also announced that they will be joining privacy watchdogs in Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta to investigate TikTok further.

The Alberta government and the City of Calgarys joint decision to ban TikTok from government devices serves as a proactive step to protect government information systems from potential security and privacy risks. It is now the responsibility of government officials to ensure the integrity of their IT devices, and the banning of TikTok from governmentissued devices is a step in the right direction.

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