China re­news calls for tighter cy­berspace se­cu­rity

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

China’s top cy­ber­se­cu­rity body reaf­firmed its com­mit­ment to height­ened cy­ber­se­cu­rity sur­veil­lance yesterday, call­ing for in­creased scru­tiny of lo­cal and for­eign tech­nol­ogy used in in­dus­tries deemed crit­i­cal to the na­tional in­ter­est. A strat­egy doc­u­ment, re­leased by the Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China (CAC), laid out the frame­work for a con­tro­ver­sial cy­ber­se­cu­rity law re­leased in Novem­ber, which for­eign busi­ness groups say could bar over­seas firms from competing in the mar­ket.

The CAC has pre­vi­ously coun­tered these claims, say­ing the mea­sures are not de­signed to tar­get for­eign en­ter­prises, but to counter ris­ing threats of ter­ror­ism and cy­ber-theft. The pa­per said key Chi­nese in­dus­tries must “carry out a se­cu­rity re­view” of tech­nol­ogy to pre­vent providers and other groups from “im­ple­ment­ing un­fair com­pe­ti­tion” and “harm­ing the in­ter­ests” of users. Crit­ics say vague word­ing in the Novem­ber law raises red flags and could po­ten­tially le­gal­ize re­quire­ments to hand over in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty.

The lat­est strat­egy doc­u­ment also re­newed calls for for­eign coun­tries to re­spect China’s cy­ber-sovereignty, an idea that per­mits states to in­di­vid­u­ally po­lice in­ter­net ser­vices within their own borders. China has em­ployed a hand­ful of other mea­sures along­side the law, in­clud­ing plans to launch a spe­cial­ized col­lege within the Chi­nese Academy of Sci­ences to train pro­fes­sion­als for na­tional cy­ber­se­cu­rity projects. —Reuters

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