On June 9, the officials released the news of the White House having dropped Trump-era executive orders on banning the popular apps TikTok and WeChat and will conduct its own review aimed at identifying national security risks with software applications linked to China.
On June 8, the Senate passed legislation aimed at increasing U.S. semiconductor production as well as the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of rising international competition.
A new executive order directs the Commerce Department to conduct a “evidence-based” analysis of transactions involving apps manufactured, supplied, or controlled by China. These involve apps that seek user persona data or have ties to Chinese military or intelligence operations.
The department will also make recommendations on how to further protect Americans’ genetic and personal health information, as well as address the risks of certain software apps linked to China or other adversaries.
Both the White House and Congress have taken steps to counter Beijing’s technological advancement. Earlier this year, the administration backed down from President Donald Trump’s attempts to ban the popular video app TikTok, asking a court to postpone a legal dispute.