Following the row over TikTok, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that more Chinese apps may be removed from Apple’s App Store and other platforms. “With parent companies based in China, apps like TikTok and WeChat and others, are significant threats to personal data of American citizens, not to mention tools for Chinese Communist Party content censorship,” he said (via CNBC).

Clean Network Effort to Restrict Chinese Tech

The Secretary of State State added that his department will work with the Commerce and Defense Departments to stop Chinese cloud service providers from being able to collect, store, and process data in the U.S. The moves are part of a so-called Clean Network effort from the administration.

Mr. Pompeo said that “untrusted” Chinese handset makers such as Huawei will be banned from preinstalling trusted apps and making them downloadable through their app stores. Furthermore,  Chinese carriers will be banned from connecting to U.S. telecoms networks. It will also aim to prevent Chinese firms from having access to undersea network cables. The Secretary of State has previously described Chinese tech firms such as Huawei and ZTE as “Trojan horses for Chinese intelligence.”

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“Furthermore, Chinese carriers will be banned from connecting to U.S. telecoms networks. It will also aim to prevent Chinese firms from having access to undersea network cables. “   Everyone wis having a fit over this or that app and nobody is noticing the most important part. If you make a call in China you will connect to a Chinese carrier. This would mean that you could not call the US. Flat out trying to cut off The whole country. The result though will be people in China will just call everywhere else. The US will be the one isolated.   Then… Read more »