“I am the first to yell from the rooftops when there is a glaring privacy issue somewhere,” mobile security expert Will Strafach told The Associated Press last month. ”But we just have not found anything we could call a smoking gun in TikTok.” … [Read more...] about Trump Orders Bans on 2 Chinese Apps, Citing Security Concerns
Trump visa ban
While many people’s first selections — the Italys and Spains of the world — haven’t yet casualized the framework for an extended stay (you’re still looking at a work visa), islands like Barbados and Bermuda, and Easter European countries like Estonia and Georgia, are now offering a new sort of “digital nomad visa.” In Bermuda’s Work from Bermuda Certificate Program, for instance, which opened to registration this week, visitors only have to be able to prove that they have sufficient healthcare insurance, and pay an online fee of $263. Then they’re free to come and work in the country (and leave) as often as they like for up to a year. … [Read more...] about How COVID-19 Could Usher in the Era of the “Digital Nomad Visa”
But it's far from clear what the administration intends to actually do when the bans take effect in 45 days, since the orders are currently blank checks waiting to be filled in. Uncertainty also surrounds what effect the orders will have on the apps' users, whether the administration will face legal challenges over its authority to ban consumer apps, and what the companies — or China — will do next. Microsoft is in talks to buy parts of TikTok, in a potential sale that's being forced under Trump's threat of a ban. … [Read more...] about Q&A: What’s up with Trump’s orders on TikTok and WeChat?
"The United States is using national security as an excuse and using state power to oppress non-American businesses," ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said during a daily press briefing, accusing the United States of "political manipulation and oppression." … [Read more...] about What is WeChat and why does Trump want to ban it?
If the US government is worried about data privacy, its next target could be Alibaba. The e-commerce platform opened to US sellers last July and the country is its fastest growing market. It has 10 million customers buying merchandise from its platform worldwide, including in the United States, and sold $1 trillion worth of goods over the 12 months through March, mostly in China. … [Read more...] about WeChat ban sends shockwaves through global tech stocks