Two days before the deadline to finish reviewing Trump's executive order purporting to regulate Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat, President Biden has officially repealed and replaced it.
The new order of the current president of the United States includes a broader approach to review apps connected to foreign "adversary" countries and protect national security of the United States, as published by The Wall Street Journal.
A new executive order to review app security
The White House has explained that the new executive order will address the security review of applications: The Department of Commerce must review applications "that involve software applications designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied by persons owned or controlled by a foreign adversary, including the People's Republic of China, or that are subject to its jurisdiction, and that may present an undue or unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States and the American people. "
The measure does not come as a surprise. Last April, the Biden administration had already said that it would study a more holistic approach, that is, more general, compared to Trump's specific order that focused only on TikTok and WeChat.
Biden's new order includes "specific criteria for identifying and evaluating apps that may pose an unacceptable risk to national security of the United States and the security of the data of the Americans ".
What are the applications that may pose the greatest risk
The applications that may present a risk according to the new information from Biden, are those whose transactions involve activity that may be owned or controlled or managed. by individuals who support military or intelligence activities of foreign adversaries.
Also those that may be involved in malicious cyber activities, or involve applications that collect sensitive personal data.
Differences with Trump
In August of last year, after announcing the United States Government the proposal of a great veto to China's Internet services, Donald Trump signed two executive orders that prohibited transactions of any kind with ByteDance from 20 September 2020, the company that owns TikTok, and Tencent, the company that owns WeChat.
The movement comes at a time when the tension around both companies, especially ByteDance, was already very high, since the Trump administration itself was advocating for TikTok to be bought by an American company, as a condition for the service not to be prohibited and blocked in the country. Even Microsoft showed their interest in this firm.
In November 2020, the United States suspended the blockade of Tiktok.