Canada bans WeChat and Kaspersky from government devices over privacy and security concerns

Story by: fdaytalk

Canada has banned WeChat and Kaspersky due to privacy and security risks on government-issued mobile devices.

The Treasury Board of Canada stated that both apps pose an “unacceptable level of risk to privacy and security.”

Security concerns 

The Chinese foreign ministry accused Canada of banning Chinese enterprises without evidence under the pretext of data security.

The ban is attributed to concerns that these apps may compromise the security of Canada and its allies.

Kaspersky, a Russian cybersecurity company expressed surprise and disappointment about the ban and stated that it lacked evidence or due process.

Kaspersky was previously banned in the US and by the European Union due to concerns about its links to Moscow.

Moscow Links

The ban aims to ensure the security of government networks and data. These apps were removed from government-issued mobile devices.

The countries that banned Kaspersky from government devices are Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, and the Netherlands.