President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday to overturn the Trump-era ban on the TikTok and WeChat platforms.
Instead of Trump’s order, Biden is directing the Commerce Secretary to investigate apps that have ties to foreign adversaries that may pose a risk to US data privacy or national security.
The order replaces a series of executive orders issued by President Trump last year, which banned apps such as Tik Tok, WeChat and Alipay from US app stores and took further action to prevent them from operating in the United States.
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The more extreme effects of these orders have been thwarted by ongoing appeals in court. But Wednesday’s order will cancel the orders completely.
Instead, the Biden order establishes a new framework for identifying national security risks for transactions involving apps tied to governments or militaries of foreign adversaries, such as China, or the collection of sensitive data from American consumers.
A senior administration official said the administration is committed to promoting an open, interoperable, reliable and secure Internet, protecting human rights online and offline, and supporting a vibrant global digital economy.
“The challenge we’re dealing with is that some countries, including China, do not share these commitments or values,” the official added. Instead, it is making use of US digital technologies and data in ways that pose unacceptable national security risks.
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Repeal Trump’s orders banning Tik Tok:
Wednesday’s order calls on the Commerce Department and other federal agencies to work together to formulate recommendations to protect against the collection, sale and transfer of sensitive US consumer data to foreign adversaries.
The Ministry of Commerce is then expected to provide recommendations on future executive actions or legislation to address these concerns.
However, the matter does not address the actions or investigations of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS.
Under the Trump administration, CFIUS has set several deadlines for apps like TikTok to divest themselves of its Chinese owner ByteDance.
For several months, it was reported that Oracle was about to buy TikTok in order to avoid the previous administration’s ban. But the deal did not take place.
A senior administration official said: “The CFIUS action is still being actively discussed by the US government.”
Wednesday’s order is just a step by the Biden administration to address the challenges posed by China.
Biden last week signed a separate order extending a Trump-era ban on US investment in Chinese companies with alleged links to the Chinese military.
The order identified 59 companies prohibited from investing. Including those that create and deploy surveillance technology used against Muslim minorities and government opponents in Hong Kong.
A senior administration official said on Wednesday that he expects additional action against China as Biden is making a move On his first visit in office To meet with the leaders of the Group of Seven, NATO and the European Union.
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