US to Purge ‘Untrusted’ Apps in New Measures Against China

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The U.S. government is stepping up efforts against Chinese technology companies as it prepares to purge App Stores of "untrusted" Chinese apps, reports Reuters.



Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. "Clean Network" program would focus on five areas and include steps to prevent various Chinese apps and telecoms companies from accessing the sensitive information of American citizens and businesses. One U.S. official said it was a push back against a "massive campaign to steal and weaponize our data against us."

The announcement comes the week after President Donald Trump threatened to outright ban TikTok within the United States.

"With parent companies based in China, apps like TikTok, WeChat and others are significant threats to personal data of American citizens, not to mention tools for CCP (Chinese Communist Party) content censorship," Pompeo said.
In an interview to Chinese state news agency Xinhua on Wednesday, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said the U.S. had "no right" to establish the Clean Network program and called the actions by Washington "a textbook case of bullying."

"Anyone can see through clearly that the intention of the U.S. is to protect its monopoly position in technology and to rob other countries of their proper right to development," said Wang.
Microsoft now faces a deadline of September 15 to purchase TikTok, or the platform will be banned in the U.S.

Moreover, Pompeo explained that the United States is working to prevent Chinese telecoms company Huawei from being able to install popular U.S. apps on its devices. The exact apps and services to be banned from Huawei devices is as yet unknown.

"We don't want companies to be complicit in Huawei's human rights abuses, or the CCP's surveillance apparatus," Pompeo stated.
Pompeo said the State Department would work with other government agencies to protect the data of American citizens and intellectual property, including vaccine research, by preventing access from cloud-based systems run by Chinese companies such as Alibaba, Baidu, China Mobile, China Telecom, and Tencent.

The Secretary of State is joining Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to urge the U.S. telecoms regulator, the Federal Communications Commission, to terminate the authorization of China Telecom and three other Chinese companies to provide services in the United States.

He also drew attention to new State Department precautions to ensure China could not compromise information carried by undersea cables that connect the United States to the global internet. He called on U.S. allies "to join the growing tide to secure our data from the CCP's surveillance state and other malign entities."

Huawei, ByteDance, and various other Chinese companies deny allegations that they spy for the Chinese government, and says the United States seeks to frustrate its growth because no domestic U.S. company can offer the same technology at a competitive price.

The U.S. government now regards more than 30 territories as "Clean Countries" with "Clean Telcos" in the program. The statement from Pompeo and expansion of the Clean Network program reflects an accelerated push by Washington to limit the access of Chinese technology companies to the United States.

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itsmilo

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Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said the U.S. had "no right" to establish the Clean Network program


The irony coming from CHINA! Last time I checked you can’t use Instagram, Facebook or even TIKTOK in China either.

HOWEVER this seems for more like a disguise, excused as „privacy concerns“ than anything. Otherwise the same should be said about local apps such as FB etc
 

GrumpyCoder

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Welcome to the United Dictatorship of America. All these years of complaining about China and Russia only to follow in their footsteps. Just like Samsung taunting Apple about the headphone jack only to remove it later.
 

Ar40

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Good move. The way China is reacting to this, shows me how much spyware is in these apps.

China is a clear and present danger to us all and needs to be shown its place. Spying on American citizens is unacceptable.
 

sw1tcher

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Welcome to the United Dictatorship of America. All these years of complaining about China and Russia only to follow in their footsteps. Just like Samsung taunting Apple about the headphone jack only to remove it later.
How else is the U.S. going to get their hands on China's AI technology?

 

sw1tcher

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Good move. The way China is reacting to this, shows me how much spyware is in these apps.
If there is no spyware, is China suppose to just sit back and let the U.S. do what it wants?

If the roles were reversed, do you think the U.S. wouldn't react in the same way?


China is a clear and present danger to us all and needs to be shown its place. Spying on American citizens is unacceptable.
Unless the spying on American citizens is being carried out by its own government. ;)
 

swingerofbirch

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I don't know enough to speak to the merits, but the intentions are clear as is the obviously purposeful "clean" in the title. This is saving face (I guess to some) against the incompetent response to Covid-19. We couldn't stop the unclean virus so we're stopping the unclean (AKA dirty) software. The ethnic implications are clear. Whether this would have had merit in a parallel universe where there wasn't an election coming up and where there weren't such a compromised administration, I have no idea. Certainly seem like there are far bigger problems to deal with at the moment and that this is a politically motivated moment to distract from the clusterfudge going on in our own country.
 

iReality85

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This is ridiculous and sounds like the voice of an evil dictatorship and lunatic regime. I will certainly fight to keep my WeChat app to keep in touch with my Chinese friends and contacts. Visiting China this app is almost a necessity.
Right, it's a necessity, because the CCP only allows its people to use its government approved apps. Have fun giving an authoritarian communist regime your WeChat info. 👍
 

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Unless the spying on American citizens is being carried out by its own government. ;)
The trick years ago was to have a deal with a neighboring country to do the surveillance for you. Canada watches the US... US watches Canada...

If code is going through an app review process regardless, is there truly a looming spyware concern? Every other app is wanting location tracking. And we're in a global enconomy. If Wechat bought an office in Dublin, could it then continue business as usual? The idea that a government is going to 'crack down' on a 'nation's' apps sounds more like a front to stoke the blame and anger away on someone else.
 
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