April 08, 2013
by Bloomberg BNA

A provision in a U.S. fiscal year 2013 government spending bill that restricts government purchases of Chinese information technology due to concerns over possible “cyber-espionage or sabotage” risks runs counter to the need for increased global cooperation that is essential to improve cybersecurity, according to an April 4 letter from industry groups to congressional leaders.

At issue is Section 516 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Pub. L. No. 113-6), which requires that the FBI assess risks from purchases of IT “system[s] being produced, manufactured or assembled by one or more entities that are owned, directed or subsidized by the People's Republic of China” by the departments of Commerce and Justice, as well as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and National Science Foundation (12 PVLR 550, 4/1/13).

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