(Reuters) – The US Department of Commerce said on Tuesday that it had submitted a first set of recommendations on data security under an executive order signed by President Joe Biden.
In June, Biden withdrew a series of executive orders from the Trump era. who tried to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok, and ordered a commerce department to review the security considerations for these apps.
The order called on Commerce to make recommendations by Thursday to protect US data acquired or available to foreign-controlled companies. opponents.
"The department submitted a first set of recommendations to the administration's principal national security adviser," said a trade spokesman.
Former President Donald Trump's administration had tried to block new users from downloading apps and banning other technical transactions such as the Chinese-owned short video sharing app TikTok and WeChat both said would effectively block the apps' use in the Red States device.
U.S. courts blocked these orders, which never took effect.
The Trump administration claimed that WeChat and TikTok were concerned about national security because sensitive personal information about US users could be collected by the Chinese government.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio asked the Department of Commerce for an update "on recommendations that the U.S. Department of Commerce is required to make on how to protect U.S. data in the wake of President Biden's decision to lift the ban on these malicious apps and their continued operations in the United States. "
Last month, Trade Secretary Gina Raimondo told reporters that the administration was "very serious about protecting American data" and worked with allies.