TikTok under investigation by Canadian authorities
The popular video-sharing platform, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is being scrutinized for allegedly sharing user data with the Chinese government. Canada has launched an investigation into TikTok's privacy practices alongside provincial regulators from Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta.
The probe was initiated in response to previously settled class-action lawsuits in the United States and Canada and media reports concerning TikTok's handling of personal data. The investigation aims to determine whether TikTok is adhering to Canadian privacy laws, particularly with regard to protecting the privacy of children.
TikTok has assured that privacy is a top priority and the investigation provides an opportunity to clarify its privacy protection measures. The privacy regulators will also examine whether the company is fulfilling its obligations to be transparent. Earlier, the European Commission staff had ordered the removal of the app to safeguard the institution.
Governments worldwide, including Canada, are expressing concerns over TikTok, citing fears that China may use the app to collect users' data or serve its interests. Recently, the Dutch government advised officials to avoid using the app, and the US has already banned federal government employees from using it.
Despite renewed concerns from some Conservative MPs, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is resisting calls to ban TikTok for government officials.