The White House revoked Trump-era executive orders that tried to ban TikTok and WeChat, but ordered the Department of Commerce to conduct a security review of apps made, controlled or supplied by China.
The move by the administration of United States President Joe Biden reflects the ongoing concern that Americans’ personal data could be exposed by popular apps tied to China, a chief US economic and political rival
The White House has dropped Trump-era executive orders that attempted to ban the popular apps TikTok and WeChat and will conduct its own review aimed at identifying national security risks with software applications tied to China, officials said Wednesday.
A new executive order directs the Department of Commerce to undertake what officials describe as an “evidence-based” analysis of transactions involving apps that are manufactured or supplied or controlled by China. Officials are particularly concerned about apps that collect users’ persona data or have connections to Chinese military or intelligence activities. Continue reading…..