PA Taxpayers’ Data At Risk of Surveillance Through Risky Chinese Technology

Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill prohibiting TikTok on state-owned devices and networks to protect Pennsylvania residents unanimously passed the Senate earlier this year. In addition to this bill, to properly safeguard taxpayers’ data, Pennsylvania should join the growing list of states passing laws to prohibit the purchase of other dangerous Chinese technology.  As China Tech Threat’s (CTT) May briefing paper shows, states continue to use risky technology by Lexmark and Lenovo, manufacturers already restricted by U.S. military and intelligence agencies due to their connection to the Chinese government and military. CTT’s recent research reveals that unlike many other states, Pennsylvania has had no direct spending on this harmful technology since 2019; however, its purchase through third-party resellers is… Read More

$479,918 Spent By The First State Causes Security Concerns

In a February interview with Delaware Public Media, University of Delaware professor and cybersecurity expert John D’Arcy discussed the state’s recent TikTok ban for security concerns, including the Chinese government being able to obtain data from Delaware agencies or employees. The First State’s agencies’ and employees’ data is also vulnerable to Chinese theft through the almost half a million dollars it spent on restricted Chinese technology in recent years. China Tech Threat (CTT) recently reported that Delaware spent $479,918 on technology from Lexmark and Lenovo between 2019 and 2022. As reported in our fact sheet, this technology was purchased by the Office of the Attorney General, the DE Department of State, as well as the University of Delaware and other… Read More

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,… Read More

Nevada Should Expand Its Blacklist To Include Risky Tech from Lexmark and Lenovo

On March 6, Nevada’s CIO issued a New State Security Standard blacklisting TikTok and other applications and technology from state-owned devices, networks, and platforms, including Chinese companies already banned at the federal level. If Nevadans knew of the over $2 million their state spent on restricted Chinese technology from Lexmark, Inc. and Lenovo, Inc., they’d demand that the CIO blacklist these manufacturers, too. China Tech Threat (CTT) discovered that between 2019 and 2022, Nevada spent $2,706,054 on dangerous technology by Chinese-government owned manufacturers already banned by U.S. military and intelligence agencies due to their connection with China’s government and military.  As our fact sheet shows, this risky technology is being used in the Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Motor… Read More

Vermont Was First State to Ban Chinese Tech But Can Do More

On February 16, Vermont’s Agency of Digital Services issued Cybersecurity Update Standard 2023-1 adding TikTok and WeChat to the list of technology products including Chinese manufacturers and telecom equipment its state agencies are prohibited from acquiring. Originally outlined in a 2019 directive, Vermont was the first state to enact a ban of this kind. China Tech Threat (CTT) commends this leadership and urges Vermont to take additional action to prohibit the purchase of dangerous Chinese government-owned technology from Lexmark and Lenovo.   CTT’s recent research reveals that unlike many other states, Vermont has had no direct spending on this risky technology from these two companies since 2015. Prohibiting any future purchases is imperative because China’s 2017 National Intelligence Law obligates Lexmark… Read More

North Dakota Should Stop China Tech Purchases Like Grand Forks Stopped China Corn Mill

City council members in Grand Forks, North Dakota, last month voted unanimously to halt a Chinese company’s proposed corn mill after the US Air Force said its proximity to a military base would pose a national security risk. If North Dakotans knew of the more than 1 million the state spent on banned Chinese technology from Lexmark and Lenovo, they’d expect state legislators to act just as quickly to halt further purchases. China Tech Threat’s (CTT) recent research shows that between 2018 and 2023, North Dakota spent $1,372,439 on risky technology being used in the state’s universities and the Department of Workforce Safety and Insurance, as outlined in CTT’s fact sheet. Proprietary research and intellectual property as well as residents’… Read More

Colorado Should Follow Other States In Banning Chinese Technology to Protect Its Data

In February, Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado called on Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores, stating no “Chinese Communist Party dictates should have the power to accumulate such extensive data on the American people.” Of equal concern is the more than $4,000,000 Colorado spent on dangerous Lenovo, Inc. technology, as uncovered by China Tech Threat’s (CTT) recent research. Between 2016 and 2023, Colorado spent $4,702,700 on risky Chinese technology from Lenovo, as outlined in CTT’s fact sheet. The purchasing agencies include the Department of Natural Resources, the Legislature, and the Department of Corrections. These agencies hold extensive sensitive information and legislative and personal data at risk of theft through the use of this technology by Chinese… Read More

Genocide of Uyghur Muslims Shows Why China Must Not Lead the World in AI

China Tech Threat’s Future of BIS project came out with a new paper earlier this week: “Build an AI Workforce at BIS to Strengthen Controls and Stop Illicit Acquisition of American Artificial Intelligence Technologies.” AI is an important technology. Countries which can execute AI effectively will seize leadership in military and commercial domains. Sadly, China has already demonstrated the power to develop and use AI in nefarious ways that should cause the U.S. national security community to act now to ensure China does not gain an insurmountable lead. Take western China, where the U.S. State Department has determined that the Chinese government is carrying out a genocide against Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities. Part of the reason China has… Read More