The executive order entered the effect of February 19-this is nearly a month after Trump replaced the president-elect Biden.
The order said: “The U.S. assesses that many software applications connecting to China will automatically capture a large amount of information from millions of users in the U.S., including sensitive personally identifiable information and private information, which will allow China and the CCP to access Americans’ Personal and proprietary information.”
The applications affected by this order are Alipay, CamScanner, QQ Wallet, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat Pay and WPS Office.
Trump has been following many Chinese technology giants during his tenure, among which TikTok and WeChat have been threatened by bans.
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