President Joe Biden has issued an executive order mandating a vast review of apps controlled by foreign adversaries in order to assess national security and privacy issues.
The executive order extends and replaces an earlier order by Donald Trump that
only specifically targeted China's TikTok and WeChat.
Biden revoked that narrow order and expanded the scope of the analysis to include all foreign-based companies, which include many in the adult space. According to the White House, Biden's
Commerce Department was authorized to begin that review immediately.
The executive order's wording targets apps developed, manufactured or supplied by persons that are owned or controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction of a foreign adversary,
including the People's Republic of China, that may present an undue or unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States and the American people.
It also directs the Department of Commerce, in consultation with other U.S.
departments and agencies, to make recommendations to protect against harm from the sale, transfer of, or access to sensitive personal data, including personally identifiable information and genetic information to persons owned or controlled by, or
subject to the jurisdiction or direction of, foreign adversaries.