Connecticut Should Ban More Than Apps To Protect Its Privacy

The Connecticut General Assembly is moving closer to a TikTok ban on state devices. About the potential ban, State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff said, “We hear more and more from the federal government and others about privacy concerns.” If citizens of the Constitution State knew that between 2015 and 2023, the state spent over $8 Million on dangerous technology already restricted by U.S. military and intelligence agencies due to its connection to the Chinese government and military, they would demand these purchases be banned, as well.

China Tech Threat’s (CTT) recent research shows Connecticut spent $8,837,583 on restricted technology by Lexmark and Lenovo. As detailed in our fact sheet, the Office of the Governor, the Division of Criminal Justice, and the Department of Legislative Management are among the agencies that have purchased these products, making Connecticut’s sensitive and confidential information vulnerable to Chinese espionage. (Read more about Lexmark, Lenovo and two other dangerous Chinese government-owned tech manufacturers in our May briefing paper.)

Banning TikTok amid privacy concerns is a good first step, but Connecticut can do more. Connecticut’s legislators should follow the 17 states taking action to ban state agencies from purchasing and deploying Chinese technology to prevent the exposure of government and citizens’ confidential information to the People’s Republic of China. These efforts include South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signing SB 189 into law in March, Idaho Governor Brad Little signing HB 294 and Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders signing HB 1789 in April, and, most recently, on May 1 Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signing SB 477

CTT will continue to monitor the threats posed by Chinese technology and Connecticut’s efforts to protect its sensitive and confidential information from Chinese technology aggression.

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