Sources said that WeChat, Douyin and other apps targeted by Trump are eligible for review by the Biden team.
People familiar with the matter told Reuters that US President Joe Biden’s executive order aimed at protecting sensitive American data will force some Chinese apps to take stricter measures to protect private information if they want to stay in the US market.
The goal is to prevent adversaries such as China and Russia from obtaining large amounts of personal and proprietary business information.
Biden’s June 9th order Replace President Donald Trump’s 2020 ban on popular Chinese apps Wechat, Owned by TikTok of Tencent Holdings Co., Ltd. and ByteDance Co., Ltd. The U.S. court stopped these injunctions.
U.S. officials shared many of the concerns Trump mentioned in his ban DouyinAccording to a person familiar with the matter.It’s worth noting that they are worried China It can track the location of US government employees, establish personal information files for extortion and conduct corporate espionage activities.
Due to a stronger legal framework, the new order may eventually capture more applications than the final Trump order. Reuters was the first to report on the details of how the Biden administration plans to implement the order, including seeking support from other countries.
A source said that US officials have begun discussions with allies to adopt similar methods. It is hoped that partner countries can reach an agreement on the applications that should be banned.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo (Gina Raimondo) will determine the target applications for U.S. action, but they must meet Certain standardsFor example, they must be owned, controlled, or managed by individuals or entities that support the military or intelligence activities of foreign adversaries such as China or Russia.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce stated that if Raimondo believes that an application has unacceptable risks, she “has the right to directly notify all parties at her discretion” or publish information in the official government daily newspaper.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce stated that the company will have 30 days to raise objections or propose better data protection measures.
Given the escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing, the ability of the Chinese government to exercise control over companies, and the number of Chinese apps used by Americans, apps from China are most likely to be targeted by the Department of Commerce.
A source said that WeChat, TikTok and eight other apps targeted by the Trump administration in the past few months are eligible for review by the Biden team.
Trump’s goals also include Ant Group’s Alipay mobile payment application, WeChat Pay, Tencent Holdings Limited’s QQ Wallet, Tencent QQ, CamScanner, SHAREit, Alibaba Group subsidiary UCWeb released VMate, and Beijing Jinshan Office Software’s WPS Office.
According to another person familiar with the matter, some of the apps named by Trump have serious data protection issues, but it is not clear why other apps pose a greater risk to national security.
The first source said that the order will apply to commercial applications, including those used in banking and telecommunications, as well as consumers.
At the same time, apps related to other US opponents such as Iran or Venezuela have been blocked under broader sanctions.