Alberta Premier Danielle Smith banned the Chinese app TikTok from all government devices.
Smith’s press secretary Rebecca Polak told CTV News the update on Wednesday.
“Premier Smith and Nate Glubish, Minister of Technology and Innovation, have directed the Public Service Commission to immediately ban the installation of TikTok and remove any existing instances of the application from Government of Alberta devices,” Polak said.
Polak added that the decision is preemptive as there has been “no incident of activities such as spying stemming from the use of TikTok.”
This development follows the federal government’s announcement on Monday that prohibited federal employees from using the app.
The Chinese company ByteDance runs TikTok, whose owner has been accused of being a mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
TikTok has surged in popularity since it was created in 2016. The platform went global in 2017 and is now used by one billion people worldwide.
In October, a US Democrat senator expressed concern that children are being indoctrinated through the app with CCP propaganda.
On Wednesday, Republicans advanced a bill titled Deterring America’s Technological Adversaries Act, which called to ban the app from all of America.
“TikTok is a modern day Trojan horse of the CCP used to surveil and exploit Americans’ personal information,” Rep. Michael McCaul said, who proposed the bill.
A study published by mobile marketing company URL Genius found that TikTok is a leading social media app when it comes to tracking users’ personal data. Worse, the data is sent to “unknown third parties.”
There are other concerns about content young children can view on the app.
On Wednesday, True North’s Elie Cantin-Nantel noted that Canadian state broadcaster CBC News is advertising the app.