The United States government has launched another crackdown on Chinese apps. President Donald Trump found the use of banned applications threatening America’s sensitive data. Thus for 45 days, the selected applications will not be available on both the Google play store and App store.
Consequently, there is an increase in the number of Chinese apps banned in the US. This is not the first time that President Trump’s government has taken any such action. Earlier, an executive order by Trump had restricted the US companies to do business with the Chinese companies. Consequently, Google had revoked Huawei’s license.
These Are the Chinese Apps Banned In the US For Spying
Total seven apps including Tencent QQ CamScanner, SHAREit, Alipay, WPS Office, QQ Wallet, VMate, WeChat Pay are banned in the US to avoid security threats. The US government implied that China conspired against America through applications and digital tools to retrieve sensitive data. Ironically, the US has faced similar accusations. Recently, reports have emerged about the US military stealing users’ data from the prayer app Muslim Pro.
Donald Trump’s Statement on Banning the Chinese Apps
Similar to Huawei company along with TikTok, the US has been keeping an eye on some of the Chinese applications. According to the order passed by President Trump, the Chinese apps banned in the US could access the user’s personal data and derive sensitive information of US federal employees. Besides, he also signed executive orders against many Chinese based companies in order to keep them from revealing US private data to the Government of China.
Is Ban permanent?
While the year 2020 has proved huge for the tech giants due to pandemic and world spending more work as well as free time online. However, the technology businesses in China, as well as the United States, have faced certain regulatory pressure as well. The prominent of these actions was the US government giving a tough time to Silicon Valley giants for buying TikTok; this made Chinas block the sale of TikTok.
Previously, The Federal Trade Commission granted 45 days to some of the biggest tech companies including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and many others under the same allegations. Nevertheless, this time, the US put a full stop to using Chinese applications in America. However, the real question is whether the Chinese apps banned in the US will stay banned even after the Joe Biden or there will be a further escalation in US-China trade wars with the context of security issues also remaining in limelight.