Joe Biden announced Wednesday, June 9 that he had revoked and replaced the decrees banning the platforms TikTok, WeChat and eight other applications, taken by his predecessor, Donald Trump. Instead, the President of the United States calls for a broad investigation to be conducted into the risks posed by applications held by certain foreign powers.
The new decree aims to identify all “Connected software applications which may present an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States and the American people”, including “Applications owned, controlled or managed by persons who support the military or intelligence activities of another country, or are involved in malicious cyber activities, or involve applications which collect sensitive personal data”.
President of the United States calls on Commerce and other federal agencies to develop guidelines “To protect sensitive personal data … including personally identifiable information and genetic information” against abuse.
Donald Trump claimed Chinese-owned apps posed national security risks, including data collection, and sought to force the sale of TikTok to US investors. The Trump administration signed decrees in 2020 to ban several Chinese applications, including TikTok and WeChat, but these orders were suspended by courts at the end of 2020.
Beautiful legal battle
He accused WeChat, a platform ubiquitous in the lives of Chinese through its messaging, remote payments or reservations services, and TikTok, a short video app particularly popular among young people, of collecting confidential data, before going on. share them with Beijing. These companies have always refuted these espionage accusations.
A legal battle ensued. At the end of December, the Trump administration appealed a court ruling preventing the Commerce Department from imposing restrictions on TikTok, which would have resulted in the ban of the social network in the United States. But in February, the Biden administration asked the Court of Appeals to give it sixty days to study the case and rule on whether or not to uphold the Trump administration’s request.
Joe Biden’s new executive order revokes those signed by his predecessor on the matter, including the January ordinance banning U.S. companies from any transaction with eight Chinese apps, including Alipay, owned by Ant Group.