Canada Bans Chinese WeChat From All Government Devices

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Canada has announced it will ban WeChat on government devices. The Chinese-owned app is sometimes referred to as the “everything app” – like WhatsApp, Facebook, Amazon and Tinder all in one. However Western governments have security concerns about it, mainly that the app could be used to spy on users. This allegation is yet to be confirmed, neither has there been any evidence against the organisation.

Canada’s ban is effective immediately. Still, there is no evidence that government information has been compromised through WeChat, the president of Canada’s Treasury Board, Anita Anand, said in a statement, “We are taking a risk-based approach to cyber security by removing access to these applications on government mobile devices.”

Canada is also taking action on Russia-based Kaspersky, a cyber-security company. Users will have these apps removed, and be blocked from downloading them in the future.

Even though TikTok has received much attention for potential security risks, many security enthusiasts believe WeChat poses a greater threat. It receives less focus because it is not used as much as TikTok by government employees in North America. Former US president Donald Trump tried to ban the app in 2020 by executive order but it was blocked by an injunction.

Observers are becoming interested in the technological strength of the Chinese. This stems from the rate at which all apps owned by Chinese are being rated as dangerous to security. On the average, the US would have been viewed as the country with the best skill in technology, as well as security. On the contrary, the US is rather the first country to dread the China based social media App TikTok on the grounds of security breach. It is becoming apparent that China is likely the most advanced country in technology, based on the suspicion that these nations’ government have displayed.

 

 

 

 

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