The US President Biden revoked his predecessor Trump's decision to ban the Chinese Social Networking Platform and Messenger Service WeChat.
Biden's order directs the Commerce Department to analyze TikTok, WeChat, and other Chinese apps to see if they collect personal data or if they are connected to the Chinese People's Liberation Army.
According to a White House statement about the order, Commerce, in consultation with other federal agencies, can “make recommendations to protect against harm from the sale, transfer of, or access to sensitive personal data, including personally identifiable information and genetic information — to include large data repositories — to persons owned or controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of, foreign adversaries.”
“The administration is committed to promoting an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure internet and to protecting human rights online and offline, and to supporting a vibrant global digital economy,” a senior administration official said Wednesday, according to The Verge, which first reported the story.
“The challenge that we’re addressing with this [executive order] is that certain countries, including China, do not share these commitments or values and are instead working to leverage digital technologies and American data in ways that present unacceptable national security risks,” the official added.