College’s Response to WeChat Concerns

The Importance of Safeguarding Privacy and Security


—From the Desk of Vice-President Kerry Clarke

The Government of Canada has banned the WeChat application on government-issued devices on the basis that it presents an unacceptable level of risk to privacy and security. On a mobile device, its data-collection methods provide considerable access to the device’s contents.

Effective immediately, employees are required to uninstall WeChat from any Selkirk College-issued phones and/or devices. We are also asking all employees to take a cautious approach when it comes to the apps they use at work on college-issued phones, computers and devices.

As we close out Cyber Security Month, please be aware of the potential privacy risks associated with certain apps that collect and use your personal data. The recent scrutiny of the WeChat app is an important reminder of the need to be vigilant about the apps we use and the data we share.

Selkirk College takes our responsibility to safeguard your privacy and security very seriously and is following the lead of the federal government.

If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, do not hesitate to reach out to me. If you need support in uninstalling apps, please connect with IT Services. We appreciate your cooperation.

Kerry Clarke is the vice-president of college services & CFO