In two executive orders, U.S. President Donald Trump announced sanctions against Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat. The administration argues data collected from the apps is handed over to Chinese authorities. The TikTok order states, "This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans' personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage." The Chinese government said most data collected about Americans is stored in Virginia, NPR reports. In a statement, TikTok said the order "risks undermining global businesses' trust in the United States' commitment to the rule of law, which has served as a magnet for investment ... And it sets a dangerous precedent for the concept of free expression and open markets." Relatedly, the U.S. Senate voted to ban TikTok on government devices.
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