July 20
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Chinese apps may face subpoenas and bans under President Joe Biden's new order to protect the privacy of US residents, Reuters reported, citing sources.

The decree could force apps owned and created by foreign organizations such as China to take tougher measures to protect confidential information.

Sources said the US Department of Commerce could potentially issue subpoenas for software applications to collect information about how applications protect personal data. It can then ban the apps or agree to their US terms of use.

Last week, Biden signed an executive order that lifted the ban on Chinese apps like TikTok and WeChat, changing the restriction imposed by former President Donald Trump.

Biden said he needed a factual analysis of the threats posed by software in foreign countries.

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