Trump bans Alipay Plus Seven Other Popular Chinese apps
Trump bans Alipay Plus Seven Other Popular Chinese apps

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to ban Alipay Plus Seven Other Popular Chinese apps.

The apps include popular payments platform Alipay, as well as QQ Wallet and WeChat Pay.

The order, which takes effect in 45 days, says that the apps are being banned because they are a threat to US national security.

It flags the possibility that the apps could be used to track and build dossiers on US federal employees.

Tencent QQ, CamScanner, SHAREit, VMate and WPS Office are also included within the order, which only kicks in after Mr Trump has left office.

“The United States must take aggressive action against those who develop or control Chinese connected software applications to protect our national security,” the order said.

What you need to Know Alipay and 7 Others banned

President Trump’s order says “by accessing personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers, Chinese connected software applications can access and capture vast swaths of information from users, including sensitive personally identifiable information and private information.”

The Trump administration has ratcheted up pressure on Chinese companies in its final months in office, including those it considers a national security risk.

President Trump has signed executive orders against a range of Chinese firms arguing they could share data with the Chinese government.

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