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US Commerce Department submits preliminary recommendations on app data protection to White House



In June, Joe Biden withdrew Trump-era orders seeking to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok


The US Commerce Department said on Tuesday that it has submitted a preliminary set of recommendations on data protection under an executive order signed by President Joe Biden.

In June, Biden withdrew a series of Trump-era executive orders seeking to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok, and ordered a Commerce Department review of the security concerns posed by those apps. Was.

The order directed Commerce to make recommendations by last Thursday to protect US data acquired or accessible by companies controlled by foreign adversaries.

“The department submitted a preliminary set of recommendations to the administration’s chief national security advisers,” a commerce spokesperson said.

Former President Donald Trump’s administration attempted to bar new users from downloading the app and ban other technical transactions that Chinese-owned short video-sharing apps TikTok and WeChat both said were used in the United States for the app. will effectively stop the use.

US courts overturned orders that never took effect.

The Trump administration argued that WeChat and TikTok raised national security concerns because sensitive personal data of US users could be collected by China’s government.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio asked the Commerce Department for an update on “recommendations on ways to protect Americans’ data in the wake of President Biden’s decision to repeal the ban on these harmful apps and his continued operation on these harmful apps.” is obliged to produce on the United States.”

Last month, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told reporters that the administration is “very serious about protecting Americans’ data” and was working with allies.

“It’s really tough work,” Raimondo said. “Doing some executive order that’s meaningless on TikTok is not the way to do it.”

TikTok has over 100 million users in the United States. Rubio asked what steps commerce is taking “to ensure that such personal information is not in Beijing’s possession.”

A White House official declined to offer any details in June, saying a separate review of TikTok launched in late 2019 by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is active.

Biden’s executive order supersedes the WeChat and TikTok orders issued by Trump in August 2020, as well as eight other communications and fintech software applications targeted in January.

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