Decoded: Technology Law Insights - Issue 7, September 2020

U.S. Judge Halts Trump's TikTok Ban, Hours Before It was Set to Start -

"John Hall, an attorney for TikTok, said that the app, with some 100 million American users, is a 'modern day version of the town square' and shutting it down is akin to silencing speech."

Why this is important: These are latest developments in the ongoing feud between the Trump administration and TikTok, ByteDance, WeChat, and TenCent, entities that the administration accuses of stealing information from U.S. users and providing that information to the Chinese government and/or Chinese Communist Party. We discussed in prior issues of Decoded the administration’s Executive Orders that provided that certain types of transactions with TikTok, ByteDance, WeChat, or TenCent would be prohibited. However, the Executive Orders left it to the Secretary of Commerce to create a list of those transactions, and the list wasn’t due until the same day those transactions would be prohibited, leaving virtually no ability for anyone to determine how to comply....

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