Eight Chinese applications have been banned from the United States by US President Donald Trump because, according to him, they are considered a threat to the national security, economy and foreign policy of USA.
Η mandate signed on Tuesday prohibits "any transaction by any person [..] with individuals who develop or control Chinese affiliate software applications or their affiliatesWithin 45 days at the latest.
Trump's new executive order concerns applications Alipay, CamScanner, QQ Wallet, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat Pay and WPS Office.
Η ban of applications aims to ensure the information and communication technology of the country, as well as the service supply chain, in accordance with Executive Order 13873, signed on 15 May 2019.
"Right now, action must be taken to address the threat posed by these Chinese software applications," the executive said.
"With access to personal electronic devices such as smartphone"Tablets and computers, Chinese software applications can access and collect vast amounts of information from users, including sensitive personal and private information."
Trump added that the ban is necessary despite the fact that many executive departments and services have already banned the use of applications in computers and Federal Government cell phones.
He also stressed that the Indian government has banned more than 200 Chinese applications for "stealing and secretly transmitting user data to servers in locations outside India".
The recent executive order follows two similar ones signed in August 2020 and prohibit any transactions with the companies behind the WeChat (Tencent Holdings Ltd) and TikTok (ByteDance Ltd).
In December, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also issued warnings to US companies about the risks of data theft behind the use of data services and equipment provided by companies affiliated with the People's Republic of China (PRC).
"For a long time, US networks and data have been exposed to threats to cyberspace "based in China, which use this data to give Chinese companies an unfair competitive advantage in the global market," said then-DHS Deputy Secretary Chad F. Wolf.