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News Release - Manitoba

March 2, 2023

Manitoba Government Bans TikTok on All Government-Issued Mobile Devices

The Manitoba government is banning the use of the TikTok app on all government-issued mobile devices effective March 6, Consumer Protection and Government Services Minister James Teitsma announced today.

“After careful review, we have determined the level of security and privacy risk with the use of TikTok on mobile devices is unacceptable,” said Teitsma. “Protecting the privacy and security of government information is a priority, so TikTok will be removed from all mobile devices issued by the Manitoba government.”

The TikTok mobile application collects data for mobile devices, making them susceptible to surveillance. The ban is a precautionary measure and there is no evidence that the app has compromised Manitoba government information.

“To ensure the Manitoba government’s information remains safe and secure, we will also review all social media applications,” said Teitsma. “Social media is an effective tool for reaching out to Manitobans, but it must be done in a secure manner.”

The Manitoba government will collaborate with Manitoba Crown corporations and other public-sector organizations to assess whether similar policies are required for them.

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