The Biden administration on Wednesday dropped Trump-era executive orders that sought to ban the Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat, and will start a new review of apps that could pose a security risk to Americans.
A new executive order directs the Commerce Department to review apps tied to foreign adversaries. Officials are particularly concerned about apps that collect users’ personal data or have connections to Chinese military or intelligence activities, the Associated Press reported.
A White House release says the Commerce Department will be required to review apps “involving software applications that are designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied by persons that are owned or controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction of a foreign adversary, including the People’s Republic of China, that may present an undue or unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States and the American people.”
The Biden administration earlier this year backed off President Donald Trump’s attempts to ban the popular video app TikTok, asking a court to postpone a legal dispute as the government began a broader review of the national security threats posed by Chinese technology companies. Trump had brokered the sale of TikTok — which began life as an app called Musical.ly before being acquired by Chinese parent company Bytedance — to Oracle Corp.
and Walmart Inc.
before the Biden administration shelved that deal earlier this year.
the Associated Press contributed to this article