After declaring a ban on all transactions with TikTok and WeChat this past year, the US President has now signed another executive order to prohibit eight more Chinese programs in the nation. The most recent ban arrangement targets a couple of widely-used programs, such as Alipay, CamScanner, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, and WPS Office.
In accordance with a recent report from Reuters, the executive order aims to curb the threat to Americans posed by Chinese apps that have large consumer bases and access to sensitive data. The order suggests that the aforementioned apps can”access and capture vast swaths of data from users, such as sensitive personally identifiable information and personal information” by”accessing personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, tablets.” It further adds that such information collection”threatens to provide the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — that would permit China to track the areas of Federal employees and contractors, also assemble dossiers of personal details “
In response to the most recent ban, China’s Ministry of Commerce stated that the US Government’s actions go against honest competition and they damage the attention of Chinese companies and their customers, such as those in the US. Even though most of the apps targeted with the latest ban didn’t comment on the matter, WPS Office’s parent company Kingsoft reported that it didn’t expect the order to impact the company’s business in the short term.
It is worth noting that though courts have blocked the ban order against TikTok and WeChat on freedom of speech reasons, the programs included in the most recent executive order may not get such a benefit. To the contrary, the US Commerce Department plans to identify illegal transactions with these programs before January 20th, despite the fact that the ban purchase lays out a 45-day timeline.