Don't ban TikTok. Make it safer | The Globe and Mail
May 26, 2023 | Following the controversial law in China that compelled companies to hand over platforms' user data if Beijing deems relevant to Chinese security, serious concerns were raised in Canada. Following this update most of the provinces and public institutions prohibited TikTok on government-owned devices. Former ByteDance executive has claimed that TikTok provides the Chinese government 'supreme access' to user data, indicating that the Chinese government is able to obtain information collected on Canadians' phones.
Taylor Owen and Frances Haugen still claim that the outright ban on TikTok is premature and that the ban is likely an overcorrection. The app could be made safer by passing the online safety and privacy legislation that the Canadian government is already committed to. Taylor Owen and Frances Haugen further highlight the steps in which the government should take to make TikTok safer platform for data protection.