Canadian government bans WeChat and Kaspersky on government devices
The Canadian government has banned Chinese messaging app WeChat and Russian antivirus app Kaspersky from all government devices. The country took this step on Monday citing security reasons. However, it said that there has been no incident of leakage of official information. News Reuters.
The ban came after Canada’s chief information officer assessed that apps from WeChat, owned by Chinese company Tencent, and apps from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab presented an “unacceptable” level of privacy and security risks, according to reports.
WeChat and Kaspersky did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment on the Canadian government’s ban.
The ban has been implemented since Monday. The North American country has decided to block the applications from all government devices as well as to prevent them from being downloaded later.