United States President Joe Biden has lifted the bans against TikTok and WeChat wanted by Donald Trump.
Joe Biden signed a new executive order lifting Trump’s ban on Chinese apps. In place of the ban, broader investigations are still ordered on apps that could pose a risk to U.S. data privacy or national security.
In particular, the Commerce Department will be held to investigate apps “Cinvolving software applications designed, developed, manufactured or supplied by persons owned or controlled by or subject to the jurisdiction of a foreign adversary“. The list includes the People’s Republic of China, according to the White House fact sheet.
According to the ordinance, criteria for apps that could pose a greater risk include those whose transactions “involve applications owned, controlled or operated by persons who support adversary military or intelligence activities, or are involved in malicious cyber activities or involve applications that collect sensitive personal data“.
Senior White House officials told the Wall Street Journal that the order is intended to replace Trump’s piecemeal approach with a much more comprehensive plan to review apps that could pose a risk to Americans or are linked to nations. potentially hostile.
Former President Donald Trump signed an order to ban TikTok and WeChat in the United States before being blocked by the courts.