By The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG — Manitoba has joined other provinces in the move to ban the use of the TikTok social media app on government-owned devices.
The province says the ban will take effect on March 6.
James Teitsma, who is the consumer protection and government services minister, says after a careful review the province has determined the level of security and privacy risk with the use of TikTok on mobile devices is unacceptable.
The move was initially implemented by the federal government and has been followed by Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Quebec and British Columbia.
Provincial and federal privacy watchdogs recently announced an investigation into whether TikTok complies with Canadian privacy legislation.
The mobile app collects data from mobile devices, making them susceptible to surveillance but Manitoba says there is no evidence that the app has compromised Manitoba government information.