The US Chamber of Commerce and 16 other business lobbies have sent a letter to Washington officials urging them to oppose China’s new cyber security regulations.
In the letter, technology vendors argue that China’s new regulations would require them to hand over their source code and adopt China’s encryption algorithms, measures which could potentially undermine the security of their customers around the world.
“An overly broad, opaque, discriminatory approach to cyber security policy that restricts global internet and ICT products and services would ultimately isolate Chinese ICT firms from the global marketplace and weaken cyber security, thereby harming China’s economic growth and development and restricting customer choice,” the letter reads.
U.S. technology companies originally wrote to China on January 28th and asked that the regulations be delayed so that they could have time to discuss their concerns amongst themselves.
Under the new regulations, ICT companies would also have to set up research and development (R&D) departments in China and store all information about Chinese customers solely on Chinese servers.