Jan. 5 (UPI) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an govt order banning transactions with the businesses behind eight Chinese language apps.

The order prohibits sure future transactions with the businesses related to the apps Alipay, CamScanner, QQ Pockets, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat Pay and WPS Workplace.

“The US has assessed that quite a few Chinese language linked software program functions robotically seize huge swaths of data from hundreds of thousands of customers in the US, together with delicate personally identifiable info and personal info, which might enable the [Peoples Republic of China] and [Chinese Communist Party] entry to People’ private and proprietary info,” the order acknowledged.

In response to the order, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross stated the division will “start implementing the E.O.’s directives, together with figuring out prohibited transactions associated to sure Chinese language linked software program functions.”

Nationwide safety adviser Robert O’Brien stated the order was issued in response to Chinese language authorities insurance policies requiring all firms to “help the Chinese language Communist Celebration’s political targets” in an try and “co-opt or coerce civilian enterprises into aiding the Individuals’s Liberation Military.”

In August, Trump signed a pair of govt orders banning transactions with ByteDance, the proprietor of the extensively widespread video-sharing TikTok app, and WeChat’s Tencent Holdings Ltd.