The U.S. Department of Commerce, which handles these cases, says it needs more time to study some of the decisions made during Donald Trump’s leadership.In the case of WeChat, “the department plans to initiate an assessment of the reasons for” the ban on this Tencent-owned platform, explains a file of the case managed by a Californian court of appeal. “The Government will then be in a better position to determine whether the national security threats cited in an August 6 presidential order and whether the objective of protecting the security of Americans and their data continues to justify” the restrictions requested by Donald Trump, he added. .
The former White House tenant accused WeChat, an ubiquitous platform in Chinese life through its messaging, distance payment and reservation services, and TikTok, a short-lived video application particularly popular with young people, of collect confidential data before sharing it with Beijing.
The two companies deny these espionage charges.
Legal remedies prevented the prohibitions provided for in the decrees from coming into effect and Government appeals have so far been unsuccessful.
In the petition filed today, the Commerce Department stresses that, after its review of the case, it could ask to limit the lawsuit or completely withdraw the appeal against a judge’s decision at first instance to lift the ban requested by the Trump administration.
The Trump administration had also demanded that the Chinese ByteDance group sell TikTok’s U.S. operations to Oracle and Walmart groups. According to the Wall Street Journal, Washington decided a priori not to force this transaction, although negotiations are still ongoing.
Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.
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