Biden's new executive order may issue bans and subpoenas on various Chinese apps
President Biden's new executive order to protect Americans' personal information might lead to subpoenas and bans for Chinese apps.
The order could compel foreign businesses, such as China, to adopt more stringent procedures to protect sensitive data in their apps.
Subpoenas for software applications could be issued by the US Department of Commerce to gather information on how the apps secure private data.
In February 2020, the US military issued a ban on its members using TikTok due to security concerns regarding the app's parent firm, ByteDance.
Last week, Biden issued an executive order reinstating a prohibition on Chinese apps such as TikTok and WeChat, reversing a restriction imposed by former President Trump via executive order. Trump's anti-Chinese app bans were never implemented because they were mired in court action.
Biden stated that he wants a "evidence-based" assessment of the threat that foreign-made software poses, as well as the "undue or intolerable risk to national security" that it may represent.
The organisations targeted would have 30 days to respond to the action and alter their data security practises.