US withdrawing Trump executive orders that sought to ban TikTok, WeChat

US withdrawing Trump executive orders that sought to ban TikTok, WeChat

US withdrawing Trump executive orders that sought to ban TikTok, WeChat

To replace the Trump-era actions, President Biden signed new orders calling for the Commerce Department to launch national security reviews of apps with links to foreign adversaries, including China. The courts blocked those orders that never took effect. Officials are particularly concerned about apps that collect users' personal data or have connections to Chinese military or intelligence activities.

An executive order signed by President Joe Biden directs the U.S. Department of Commerce to "evaluate these threats through rigorous, evidence-based analysis and should address any unacceptable or undue risks consistent with overall national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives, including the preservation and demonstration of America's core values and fundamental freedoms".

"The CFIUS action remains under active discussion by the United States government", a senior administration official told the Verge. He said that could lead to a range of potential future actions on an app-by-app basis.

"You can be as pure as the driven snow, but any time Xi Jinping wants to lean on you, he can do it and you have no appeal", he said.

The order directs the secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the secretary of State, the secretary of Defense, the attorney general, the secretary of Health and Human Services, the secretary of Homeland Security, the director of National Intelligence, and the heads of other agencies as the secretary of Commerce deems appropriate, to recommend actions to protect Americans' data on platforms owned or controlled by a "foreign adversary" within 120 days.

TikTok did not offer comment on the news. Courts temporarily blocked the White House's attempted ban, and the presidential election soon overshadowed the TikTok fight.

Most recently, the popular app made a quiet update to its privacy policy that allows TikTok to collect biometric data of USA users that includes faceprints and voiceprints. The White House and Congress have both taken action to address Beijing's technological advancement.

Last week, Biden signed an executive order that bans United States investment in certain Chinese companies in the defence and surveillance technology sectors. Tuesday the Senate approved a $250 billion bill boosting government spending on technology research and development amid rising competition from China and other nations. That includes the People's Republic of China, according to the White House's fact sheet on the order.

A separate USA national security review of TikTok launched in late 2019 remains ongoing, a White House official said, declining to offer any details.

TikTok has become one of the most widely installed apps in the U.S.as its short form video format is popular among teens and pre-teens who use it to create lip syncs, prank videos and more.

The announcement highlights how the Biden administration shares numerous same national security concerns as the Trump administration regarding Chinese-made mobile apps, even as Biden withdraws the specific orders targeting individual companies.

USA courts have successfully blocked the former administration's August 2020 order banning the apps, which cited national security concerns due to a 2017 Chinese law that orders Chinese companies to share data with the government upon request. An update to the review was due in a court case later this week.

"Our research shows that there is no overt data transmission to the Chinese government by TikTok", the report said. While millions of individuals turned to TikTok for distraction and fun during the pandemic, many American businesses rely on WeChat for sales, marketing and other transactions with customers in China.

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