China is addressing growing global concerns and pushback against Chinese tech companies with a set of new technical safety standards. The country has announced (through CNBC) a new global initiative that outlines principles for how participants handle data to respect the sovereignty of other governments.
In the past year, Chinese tech firms – which have gone viral abroad such as TeakTalk and PUBG Mobile – have been accused of illegally snatching user data and sharing it with the Chinese government. While China has repeatedly denied these allegations, it is clearly hoping to address such concerns with this new global security initiative. However, this is not a law, and therefore, only tech companies that sign up for it will be required to follow the principles.
The new data initiative advises companies not to install “backdoor for users to illegally obtain data, control or users’ systems and devices” in their products and services, and to ban “infringement on personal information” activities Call for planting. In addition, it calls on all countries to handle data security in a “comprehensive, objective and evidence-based manner”.
We have reached out to comment on TechTalk and other affected companies such as Tencent, which owns PUBG Mobile and WeChat, and Huawei and we will update the story when we hear back.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi called Tiktok and Huawei “disgusting acts of bullying” in Washington and said: “Ban on unilateral acts, a certain country keeps making baseless allegations against others in the name of ‘clean’ network” And uses protection as an excuse. Gain a competitive edge over enterprises from other countries
Last month, the United States unveiled the Clean Network program that seeks to keep American services and products such as the App Store and network carriers free from companies that have Chinese roots. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that it is “a comprehensive approach to protecting the nation’s assets, including the privacy of citizens and the most sensitive information of companies from aggressive incursions by deadly actors such as the Chinese Communist Party.”
China recently updated its technical export law to cover the “recommendation of personal information services based on data”. The amendment is reported to further complicate Tiktok’s US sales.