Newly Introduced New York Bill Targets Restricted Chinese Technology

On March 18th, New York State Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar introduced a new bill A9312. The bill relates to prohibiting the procurement of certain technology and products which pose a state or national security risk. In a post from Assemblywoman Rajkumar share stated, “New York State spends tens of millions of dollars on tech so vulnerable to cyberattacks that the Department of Defense determined its use is a threat to national security. Some of this tech is banned from federal procurement. When my bill passes we will align our purchasing policies with federal law, protecting the safety of our IT infrastructure.”

We applaud Assemblywoman Rajkumar’s introduction and fully agree with her. Our research found that between 2018 and 2023, the state of New York spent an additional $2,440,090 on restricted Chinese technology from Lexmark, Inc. and Lenovo, Inc. This all follows over $28 million the state spent on restricted Chinese technology in 2020-2021.

We plan to keep an eye on A9312, and the important steps Assemblywoman Rajkumar is taking to protect New Yorkers from the threat of the Chinese Communist Party.