Canada reviewing a TikTok expansion plan for national security risks


Ottawa: Canada placed an order in September National Security A review of TikTok's proposal to expand short-video appThe Industry Ministry said on Thursday that business in the country…
The potential outcome of the review, which could range from Canada asking TikTok to take mitigation measures to halting expansion, could compound the company's growing problems.
On Wednesday, the US House passed a bill to force TikTok's Chinese owner ByteDance to sell the app's US assets or face sanctions. The measure is the latest in a series of steps taken in Washington to respond to US national security concerns about China, covering everything from connected vehicles to advanced artificial intelligence chips to cranes at US ports.
Canada banned TikTok from government-issued devices last year, saying it presented an “unacceptable” level of risk to privacy and security.
Under Canadian law, the government can assess the potential risks to Canada's national security from foreign investments such as the TikTok proposal. The law prevents the government from disclosing details of such investments.
The Canadian review is not expected to result in a blanket ban like the one proposed in the United States.
A spokesperson for TikTok said in a statement that “We will continue to cooperate with the government's review of TikTok's investment in Canada, and are committed to ensuring the safety of the platform for the millions of Canadian creators, artists and small businesses who rely on TikTok.” Let's trust.” To make a living, to find community and to create jobs.”
“Our government is closely following developments related to the legislation proposed by U.S. lawmakers,” a spokesperson for Canada's industry minister said in a statement.

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