U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a ban on apps linked to Chinese companies, including Alipay and WeChat Pay, and said that user information could be passed on to the Beijing government.
The executive order will take effect 45 days, just weeks after Trump was replaced by President-elect Joe Biden at the White House.
One senior official said the order and its execution were not discussed with the “potential Biden administration”.
Trump’s move came after a previous executive order to ban Tik-Tok, owned by China-based Bite Dance, was derailed by a court ruling that Trump has exceeded his legal authority.
The new banned app was chosen by management officials because of the very high download count, which means that tens of millions of users may be at risk of using their data.
“We are trying to take steps to stop China’s big data strategy, which is informing the world and calling photos, text messages, and calling parents, into this mass tool for global repression.
Trump’s order requires the Secretary of Commerce to review and evaluate additional apps that should be included in the ban.
Specifically, they have been named Alipay, CamScanner, QQ Wallet, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat Pay and WPS Office.