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Biden signs executive order revoking TikTok, WeChat ban

Biden signs executive order revoking TikTok, WeChat ban

Biden revokes executive order banning TikTok. Adds new order aimed at protecting personal data.

Where: United States

The Facts

▪ On June 9th, President Biden signed an executive order addressing the security threat to the US information and communications technology and services (ICTS) supply chain.

▪ The executive order aims to protect citizens’ sensitive data from foreign adversaries, including the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

▪ According to the White House, “President Biden revoked and replaced three E.O.s that aimed to prohibit transactions with TikTok, WeChat, and eight other communications and financial technology software applications; two of these E.O.s are subject to litigation.”

▪ The new order will conduct a risk assessment of ICTS transactions involving apps designed, developed, and controlled by foreign parties through evidence-based analysis.

▪ Biden said, “I have determined that additional consideration must be given in addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13873 of May 15, 2019… including the threat posed by certain connected software applications designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary.”

▪ The executive order “Enables the US to take strong steps to protect Americans’ sensitive data,” “Provides criteria for identifying software applications that may pose unacceptable risk,” and “Develops further options to protect sensitive personal data and address the potential threat from certain connected software applications.”

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