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The Canadian government has announced a ban on the use of WeChat and Kaspersky Apps on government issued mobile devices.

The Canadian government banned TikTok in February 2023 and is now adding Tencent’s WeChat and Kaspersky to the list. This follows a disclosure by the Five Eyes countries representing Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and the US  a few weeks ago where they accused China of intellectual property theft and using artificial intelligence for hacking and spying against their nations. The Canadian government said that the ban is part of a risk-based approach to keep government information and networks secure. The banned is effective from October 30 2023. Kaspersky claims that the banned is made on political grounds. China’s Foreign Ministry accused the Canadian government of not having any hard evidence and instead overstretching the concept of national security and abusing state power to suppress the companies of a particular country.

This segment was created for the It’s 5:05 podcast