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US steps up campaign to purge 'untrusted' Chinese apps

US steps up campaign to purge 'untrusted' Chinese apps

6/8/2020 5:18:00 AM

US steps up campaign to purge 'untrusted' Chinese apps

The United States wants to see 'untrusted' Chinese apps removed from US app stores, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, calling ...

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Pompeo said the United States was working to prevent Chinese telecoms firm Huawei from pre-installing or making available for download the most popular US apps on its phones."We don't want companies to be complicit in Huawei's human rights abuses, or the CCP's surveillance apparatus," Pompeo said, without mentioning any specific US companies.

Pompeo said the State Department would work with other government agencies to protect the data of US citizens and American intellectual property, including COVID-19 vaccine research, by preventing access from cloud-based systems run by companies such as Alibaba, Baidu, China Mobile, China Telecom, and Tencent. headtopics.com

Pompeo said he was joining Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf in urging the US telecoms regulator, the Federal Communications Commission, to terminate authorisations for China Telecom and three other companies to provide services to and from the United States.

He said the State Department was also working to ensure China could not compromise information carried by undersea cables that connect the United States to the global internet.READ: Commentary: Is national security a good reason to ban TikTok?The United States has long been lobbying European and other allies to persuade them to cut out Huawei from their telecommunications networks. Huawei denies it spies for China and says the United States wants to frustrate its growth because no US company offers the same technology at a competitive price.

Pompeo's comments on Wednesday reflected a wider and more accelerated push by Washington to limit the access of Chinese technology companies to US market and consumers and, as one US official put it, to push back against a"massive campaign to steal and weaponise our data against us."

A State Department statement said momentum for the Clean Network program was growing and more than 30 countries and territories were now Clean Countries and many of the world's biggest telecommunications companies Clean Telcos.It called on US allies"to join the growing tide to secure our data from the CCP's surveillance state and other malign entities." headtopics.com

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