Canada banning TikTok from government mobile devices over concerns about cyberattacks: report

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Canada is preparing to prohibition nan Chinese-owned societal media app TikTok connected its government-issued mobile devices complete concerns that its "data postulation methods whitethorn time off users susceptible to cyberattacks," a study says. 

The caller directive surfaced Monday successful a statement sent retired to Global Affairs Canada employees, according to The National Post. 

"The TikTok app will beryllium automatically removed and blocked from usage connected each government-issued mobile devices," nan statement reportedly says. "This determination was made by nan Chief Information Officer of Canada to guarantee nan information and protection of authorities accusation systems and networks.  

"A reappraisal of nan mobile application’s behaviour successful narration to nan Policy connected Service and Digital recovered that TikTok’s information postulation methods whitethorn time off users susceptible to cyberattacks," it added. 


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Canada is preparing to prohibition nan TikTok app connected its government-issued mobile devices, a study says. (Photo Ilustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images / Getty Images)

The prohibition is expected to beryllium announced tomorrow and spell into effect connected Wednesday, The National Post reports. 

Canada’s government, according to nan website, is "embroiled successful questions astir overseas interference by China successful some nan 2019 and 2021 national elections." 

FOX Business has reached retired to Global Affairs Canada for further comment. 

In nan U.S., Republican-controlled states are taking nan lead connected banning TikTok connected authorities devices. 


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Canada reportedly said nan app will beryllium blocked because "TikTok’s information postulation methods whitethorn time off users susceptible to cyberattacks." (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic / Reuters Photos)

American officials person expressed interest astir nan imaginable of nan video platform's extended information harvesting being accessible by nan Chinese government. 

In November, FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers that he's "extremely concerned" astir TikTok's operations successful nan U.S.  

"We do person nationalist information concerns astatine slightest from nan FBI's extremity astir TikTok," Wray told members of nan House Homeland Security Committee successful a proceeding astir worldwide threats. 

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TikTok is owned by ByteDance, which is headquartered successful Beijing. U.S. officials, for illustration Canada, person raised information concerns astir nan app. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File / AP Newsroom)


"They see nan anticipation that nan Chinese government could usage it to power information postulation connected millions of users," he explained. "Or power nan proposal algorithm, which could beryllium utilized for power operations if they truthful choose. Or to power package connected millions of devices, which gives it opportunity to perchance technically discuss individual devices." 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has called TikTok "a blase surveillance tool" that "poses an unacceptable nationalist information risk," while nan U.S. subject has banned unit from utilizing it. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr besides has demanded a complete U.S. prohibition connected nan short-form video app. 

Fox News’ Aaron Kliegman contributed to this report.