Nova Scotia bans TikTok social media app from government-issued devices

A mobile device showing the TikTok logo. Photo: Solen Feyissa/Unsplash
By Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

The Province of Nova Scotia is banning the use of the TikTok social media application on government-issued mobile devices effective Wednesday, March 1.

“There is no need for the TikTok app to be on government-issued mobile devices,” said Colton LeBlanc, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services. “On March 1, the TikTok app will be removed from all government-issued mobile devices and blocked from being accessed to protect the privacy and security of government information.”

On a mobile device, the TikTok application’s data collection methods provide substantial access to the contents of the phone, making those who have downloaded the application more vulnerable to surveillance. There are also concerns about the legal regime that governs the information collected. There is no evidence at this time that foreign actors have compromised government information.

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