A senior Biden administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the order “will enable us to take strong action to protect sensitive Americans’ data from the collection and use of foreign adversaries, including China, through connected software applications “.
According to a White House press release, the executive order further directs the Commerce Department to issue recommendations for regulatory and legislative action to “address the risk associated with a foreign adversary’s connected software applications.”
The move comes a day after the Senate passed a massive bipartisan bill aimed at countering China’s technological boom.
A spokesperson for TikTok, which is owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, declined to comment on Biden’s action.
Wednesday’s decision is the latest example of the Biden administration’s withdrawal from a messy legal fight launched by the Trump administration. Biden last month repealed an executive order from Trump that ordered agencies to take a series of measures to limit a decades-old liability shield for digital platforms, which the former president justified by alleging that networks of social media like Facebook and Twitter consistently silenced conservative voices. .