- Within 45 days, the US Commerce Department intends to act by January 20 to identify the restricted transaction
- The move will have adverse implications for the US consumers and the companies, wider disputes over the future of the internet, and escalating the tensions of the US-China relations
After several hullabaloos over the ban on immigrants travel for H-1B and L-1 visa holders, exiting President Donald Trump has again shocked the world with the announcement of banning eight Chinese software applications, which includes the already troubled Ant Group’s Alipay. According to a couple of political experts in the country, this move has further augmented the rising tensions with China. The announcements made by Trump are not justified on several grounds and would make the work difficult for Joe Biden who will take the oath in the coming two weeks.
Chinese apps are being slowly banned all over the world with rising security concerns and protecting the confidential data of the people. These Chinese apps have access to a large user base and they are claimed to have collected all the information and stored it in their own database of which users are not aware of. The United States, India, and the United Kingdom are taking strong action against the Chinese firms operating in their countries. Donald Trump’s administration is the first to ban Chinese giant Huawei and ZTE from operating their business on American soil.
Last year, Trump has even barred TikTok and WeChat, which has restricted the people from doing any transactions with the parent companies. It also implies that people and several US companies cannot advertise with their podiums, prohibition of download through app stores, and also no licensing agreements with them. The move will have adverse implications for the US consumers and the companies, wider disputes over the future of the internet, and escalating the tensions of the US-China relations.
Trump’s order argued that developers of these softwares must take necessary measurements and aggressive actions to perk-up national security. According to an exclusive report of Reuters, the administration has asked the Commerce Department to define which transactions will be banned under the directive within 45 days and targets Tencent Holdings Ltd’s QQ Wallet and WeChat Pay as well. The order also names CamScanner, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, and WPS Office.
The executive order reads, “By accessing personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers, Chinese connected software applications can access and capture vast swaths of information from users, including sensitive personally identifiable information and private information.”
However, President-elect Joe Biden has all the authority to change the decisions, but as of now, it is not clear how soon will he do it or how difficult will be for him to do the same, feels experts.