Last month, Congress signed into law an appropriations bill that requires four federal agencies to conduct an FBI-assisted security assessment when purchasing computers and other IT gear manufactured in China. Predictably, China came out in strong opposition to the provision — meant to shield the Justice Department, Department of Commerce, NASA, and the NSF against cyber espionage — and now Silicon Valley is taking issue with the restrictions. A number of industry trade associations have banded together and authored a letter to leaders on Capitol Hill voicing their concern. "Fundamentally, product security is a function of how a product is made, used, and maintained, not by whom or where it is made," the document reads.
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