By Rafia Shaikh
United States may soon ban the government agencies from using ZTE and Huawei products due to the companies’ alleged ties with the Chinese government. A new bill called “Defending U.S. Government Communications Act” has been introduced that is designed to bring a ban on all the phones, equipment, and services by these companies in the government agencies. The bill cites concerns that these companies could potentially share national security and corporate intellectual property data with the Chinese government.
Congressman Mike Conaway who introduced this bill said using products from Chinese companies pose a “severe national security threat,” adding that it’s like “inviting Chinese surveillance into all aspects of our lives.” The statement adds (emphasis is ours):