Espionage: Joe Biden changes approach on TikTok

US President Joe Biden replaced Donald Trump’s executive orders banning TikTok, WeChat, and eight other apps. These applications were accused of storing and using the information and personal data of its users.

The tenant of the White House wanted to take a different approach to these applications, and it is in this sense that he asked for a broad investigation into the risks posed by online applications created by other countries, especially foreign powers like China, sworn enemy since 2018.

While former President Donald Trump had judged that these applications in particular were dangerous for the national security of the United States, Joe Biden himself, implemented a new decree to identify all “connected software applications that may present a problem. unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States and the American people ”,

It will also be to monitor “applications owned, controlled or managed by people who support the military or intelligence activities of another country, or are involved in malicious cyber activities, or involve applications that collect sensitive personal data. “.

While Donald Trump had accused these espionage applications, accusations refuted by the parties, he had forced for the takeover of Tiktok by American investors, which resulted in a lawsuit.

WeChat, a platform ubiquitous in the lives of Chinese people via its messaging, remote payments or reservations services, and TikTok, an application of short videos particularly popular among young people, to collect confidential data, before sharing them with Beijing .

In late December, the Trump administration appealed a court ruling preventing the Commerce Department from imposing restrictions on TikTok, and the social network was banned in the country.

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But in February, the Biden administration asked the Court of Appeals to give it 60 days to study the case and rule on whether or not to uphold the Trump administration’s request.

Now the White House tenant has asked the Commerce Department and other federal agencies to develop guidelines “to protect sensitive personal data … including personally identifiable information and genetic information” from abuse.

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