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Executive Order Seeks to Address Threats Posed by Connected Software Applications

President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to help address the risks posed by connected software applications linked to foreign adversaries and maintain the national emergency declared in May 2019 by the previous administration with regard to the the security of the U.S. information and communications technology and services supply chain.

The new order revokes the previous administration’s three previous orders that sought to ban transactions with Tiktok, WeChat and eight other financial and communications technology software apps and requires the use of an evidence-based analysis and criteria-based decision framework to counter the risks posed by ICTS transactions involving apps that are tied to foreign adversaries, the White House said Wednesday.

Within 120 days, the secretary of the Department of Commerce should provide the assistant to the president and national security adviser with a report containing recommendations to “protect against harm from the unrestricted sale of, transfer of, or access to United States persons’ sensitive data” and “from access to large data repositories by persons owned or controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of, a foreign adversary.” The secretary should also assess transactions involving connected software apps on a “continuing basis.”

The Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence should submit vulnerability and threat assessments, respectively, to the Department of Commerce within 60 days.

Commerce also has 180 days to recommend additional legislative and executive measures to address the risk linked to foreign adversary connected software apps.

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