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Ontario bans TikTok on government-owned devices

The federal government banned the app from government-owned devices last week after the chief information officer said it has an “unacceptable” level of risk to privacy and security.

Published Mar 9, 2023 at 9:45pm

The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
Ontario bans TikTok on government-owned devices
The TikTok startup page is displayed on an iPhone in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

TORONTO — Ontario announced Thursday that it is banning the social media app TikTok on government-owned devices and on the personal devices of Progressive Conservative Party caucus members.

Treasury Board President Prabmeet Sarkaria wrote in a statement that the government has already started removing the app from those devices.

“The decision to block the TikTok application from government-issued and personal devices is a proactive and precautionary approach to ensuring the protection of government data and networks,” he wrote.

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