When your technology comes from companies headquartered in China, it often comes with strings attached.
China’s National Intelligence Law requires all Chinese companies to secretly cooperate with the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) intelligence services and security agencies.
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo says that while the CCP has long controlled information to maintain its grip on power in China, the ruling party is expanding its reach.
American users of Chinese social media apps in the United States have recently been blocked after uploading content on human rights abuses carried out by the Chinese government. Further, a U.S.-based company known as Zoom was ordered by the CCP to block videoconference support for meetings that criticized the CCP. Zoom uses software developed by three companies in China.
China’s leaders use “disinformation and malicious cyber campaigns to undermine” democratic society, Pompeo told the Copenhagen Democracy Summit June 19. “They won’t be satisfied until the digital firewall extends to our nations too.”
The risks of using Chinese technology are widespread. While a Chinese state-owned construction firm built the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it also installed Huawei servers. Later, these servers were found to be sending data to Shanghai daily, according to the French newspaper Le Monde.