In turn, the STM bans TikTok
The TikTok social network has more than a billion users worldwide.
After Ottawa and Quebec, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is now blocking access to TikTok on the smartphones it provides to its employees. It’s essentially following the decisions announced by Ottawa and Quebec and “to ensure the safety of the STM's assets in the face of potential risks” that the state-owned company banned TikTok.
“The whole thing is will do in the next few days”, specifies to MetroSTM spokesperson Philippe Déry.
The latter also indicates that the STM already has a policy on the use of social media for all of its employees to guide the use of these platforms during working hours. “In parallel, our social media managers are in contact with our cybersecurity teams to assess the potential impacts of this decision and the alternatives for the continued security of our presence on the platform,” he adds.
Recall that on Monday, Ottawa announced that it would ban the next day, “as a preventive measure”, the TikTok application on federal government smartphones. After Canada's Chief Information Officer determined the app posed “an unacceptable risk to privacy and security,” the federal government on Tuesday removed the China-developed app from the cellphones it provides. to its employees. They can no longer download the app either.
“The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the security of government information. We regularly monitor our systems and take measures to mitigate the risks,” Treasury Board President Mona Fortier said on Twitter.
At the end of the day, Monday, Quebec also announced that it would ban the Chinese social network TikTok from its mobile devices.
We recently learned that the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and three of his provincial counterparts plan to conduct a joint investigation into TikTok, in particular to determine whether the application complies with Canadian laws on the protection of personal information.
Remember that the Chinese government has an interest in the firm responsible for TikTok, ByteDance, and that the laws of this country allow the Chinese government to 'have access to user data.