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Banning some Tech Platforms?

Lexmark to be banned by feds?

  • S. senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) plan to introduce a new bill aimed at banning federal employees from using tech platforms that are under the influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
  • This could include products from Lexmark (owned by Ninestar of China), Lenovo, Tencent, Huawei and others
  • “Prohibiting the use of these platforms and stopping taxpayers dollars from being used to capitalize Chinese espionage infrastructure are common sense measures to protect American national security.”
  • The bill, named “Countering Chinese Attempts at Snooping (C-CAS) Act of 2020,” would require the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, to put together a list of technology companies that they believe are “subject to influence or control” by the Chinese regime.
  • The proposed bill would prohibit U.S. federal employees “to conduct official business over any social media, computer or smartphone application, or telecommunications technology, produced, operated, or hosted” by companies on the list.
  • China’s national intelligence law, which went into effect in 2017, allows Beijing access to all data stored within its national borders—meaning data on Chinese servers could be accessed by the Chinese regime as well.
  • Also from the “Stealing From States: China’s Power Play in IT Contracts” report:
    • “Lexmark’s connection to the Chinese government is something that has been well documented by government agencies and US courts. In a landmark case, hardware vendor Iron Bow Technologies sued the Social Security Administration (SSA) after SSA leadership concluded the Lexmark printers sold by Iron Bow posed too great a security risk to government networks.
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