US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday banning transactions with eight Chinese apps, including WeChat Pay, the mobile payment app.
According to what was reported by the technical site “cnet,” Trump said: “Addressing the threat posed by the applications and programs that are developed or controlled by Chinese companies, which have large bases of American users, make it necessary to take strict measures against Chinese application developers to protect national security, which It can collect sensitive data from its users and threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. ”
The list of eight apps that Trump has issued an executive order blocking under the directive within 45 days is QQ Wallet, WeChat Pay, CamScanner, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, and WPS Office.
Trump said that Chinese applications could access and collect large amounts of information from users, including sensitive personally identifiable information and private information, through access to smartphones, tablets, and computers.
Last August, Trump issued an executive order against some of the famous Chinese communication applications, including WeChat and TikTok, also noting at that time, national security concerns related to data collection.
Last September, a US judge temporarily banned Trump against the messaging app WeChat, while another judge blocked the order against TikTok, finding that the government had “likely exceeded” its power to lobby for the app.
The order applies within 45 days after Trump leaves the White House. Still, the US Commerce Secretary said in a statement: “Despite the 45-day deadline set by the order, the Commerce Department plans to work before January 20 to determine the transactions prohibited under Trump’s executive order.”.