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Biden National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan lent his support to the Restricting the Emergence of Security Threats that Risk Information and Communications Technology (RESTRICT) Act — which allows the United States to ban TikTok and other entities that the U.S. deems to be a national security risk.

“The legislation would empower the Commerce Department to review deals, software updates, or data transfers by information and communications technology in which a foreign adversary has an interest. TikTok, which has become a viral sensation in the U.S. by allowing kids to create and share short videos, is owned by Chinese internet giant ByteDance,” CNBC reports.

The legislation was sponsored by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Mark Warner (D-VA). It was joined by a group of senators from both sides of the aisle. Politicians of all stripes have expressed their concerns about TikTok, and Donald Trump issued an executive order banning the app in 2020.


“We applaud the bipartisan group of Senators, led by Senators Warner and Thune, who today introduced the Restricting the Emergence of Security Threats that Risk Information and Communications Technology (RESTRICT) Act,”  Jake Sullivan said in a press release. “This legislation would empower the United States government to prevent certain foreign governments from exploiting technology services operating in the United States in a way that poses risks to Americans’ sensitive data and our national security.”

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“The information and communications technology products and services supply chain is integral to the lives of Americans and the functioning of U.S. businesses. This bill presents a systematic framework for addressing technology-based threats to the security and safety of Americans,” Sullivan added. “This legislation would provide the U.S. government with new mechanisms to mitigate the national security risks posed by high-risk technology businesses operating in the United States.”

He ended by saying, “this will help us address the threats we face today, and also prevent such risks from arising in the future. We look forward to continue working with both Democrats and Republicans on this bill, and urge Congress to act quickly to send it to the President’s desk.”