With simply two weeks to go earlier than he leaves workplace, President Trump has issued an government order banning transactions with a handful of Chinese language apps. Set to kick in Friday, February nineteenth, the order will ban Alipay, CamScanner, QQ Pockets, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat Pay, and WPS Workplace from US app shops.

The order bans “transactions” with these apps by any individual within the US, which might successfully ban them from each Google’s Play Retailer and Apple’s App Retailer when it goes into impact.

In line with the order’s textual content, the apps in query have been focused for his or her potential capacity to assemble probably delicate or personal information from customers, which may embody federal workers or contractors.

“The US has assessed that a lot of Chinese language linked software program functions routinely seize huge swaths of data from thousands and thousands of customers in the US, together with delicate personally identifiable info and personal info, which might enable the PRC and CCP entry to People’ private and proprietary info.”

The outgoing US administration has been overtly pursuing bans of “untrusted” Chinese language apps for the final a number of months, focusing on TikTok and WeChat, as examples, although each have prevented a ban. Drone-maker DJI was additionally added to the US’s so-called Entity Listing (becoming a member of Huawei), banning each their import and the sale of US {hardware} or supplies to the corporate.

India additionally banned lots of the identical apps earlier this yr, together with a newer wave. Each India and Pakistan have additionally banned TikTok.