The White House revoked Trump-era executive orders that sought to ban TikTok և WeChat, but instructed the Commerce Department to conduct security checks on Chinese-made, controlled, or supplied software.
The White House has rejected Trump-era executive orders seeking to ban the popular TikTok և WeChat app from conducting its own review to identify national security risks with China-related software, officials said Wednesday.
The new executive order instructs the Department of Commerce to take what officials describe as “evidence-based” analysis of transactions related to transactions produced, supplied or controlled by China. Officials are particularly concerned about programs that collect users’ personal data or are linked to Chinese military or intelligence activities.
The board will also provide advice on how to protect Americans’ genetic and personal health information in the future, and address the risks of some software programs linked to China or other adversaries, according to senior administration officials.
The move by US President Joe Biden’s administration reflects the continuing concern that Americans’ personal information may be leaked by popular apps linked to China, a major US economic and political rival. White House եսը Congress has both taken steps to address Beijing’s technological advancement. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill aimed at boosting US semiconductor manufacturing, developing artificial intelligence, and other technologies amid growing international competition.
Earlier this year, the administration backed down from former President Donald Trump’s attempts to ban the popular TikTok video program, asking the court to adjourn the lawsuit as the government began a broader review of national security threats posed by Chinese technology companies.
The lawsuit alleges that the Department of Commerce was investigating whether Trump’s allegations about TikTok, a national security threat, justified attempts to ban smartphone app stores or deny vital services. The review of the review was to take place at the end of this week’s court case.
The US occupation of TikTok is also in limbo. Last year, the Trump administration brokered a deal that would allow US oracle և Walmart companies to take a large stake in a Chinese-owned app for national security reasons.
The unusual deal stemmed from Trump’s executive order to ban TikTok in the United States until it accepted greater US control.
Trump targeted TikTok in the summer of 2020 with a series of orders addressing concerns about US data that TikTok is collecting from its users. Courts temporarily blocked the White House ban attempt, and the presidential election soon overshadowed TikTok’s struggle.
TikTok is appealing to the District Court of Columbia to review Trump’s removal order և Government National Security Review.