TikTok: Trump administration plans Chinese tech crackdown
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has outlined the steps he wants US companies to take when dealing with "untrusted Chinese apps."
The measures go far beyond President Donald Trump's current push to force the sale of TikTok to an American firm.
Pompeo says apps like TikTok and WeChat pose "significant threats to the personal data of American citizens."
This announcement marks a further deterioration in relations between Washington and Beijing.
The US Government argues that such apps harvest the data of US citizens and could be exploited by the Chinese Communist Party, which Beijing has denied.
One of the significant steps involves the removal of "untrusted" Chinese apps from US app stores, along with clamping down on cloud computing providers.
Along with the Chinese telecoms giant, Huawei, TikTok has been firmly in the sights of US President, Donald Trump as two companies he wants to crack down on.
The scope of those measures has now been extended much wider and includes Chinese technology giants such as Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent, which have a presence in the US. (Source: CNN)