Center for Political Awareness

China Wants Your Data — And May Already Have It

As COVID cases began to rise a year ago, a Chinese company contacted several U.S. states and offered to set up testing labs. (Click image for article.)

Visitors walk past the giant word “Data” during the Guiyang International Big Data Expo 2016 in southwestern China. China says it’s determined to be a leader in using artificial intelligence to sort through big data. U.S. officials say the Chinese efforts include the collection of hundreds of millions of records on U.S. citizens. The photo was released by China’s Xinhua News Agency.

 

As COVID cases began to rise a year ago, a Chinese company contacted several U.S. states and offered to set up testing labs. As a byproduct, the Chinese firm, Beijing Genomics Institute, would likely gain access to the DNA of those tested.

The offer was tempting for states struggling to set up their own testing facilities for a new virus on short notice. But U.S. national security officials urged the states to reject the offer, citing concerns about how China might use personal data collected on Americans.

“We certainly reached out to our partners and the community to make sure people were aware that the Chinese were pushing out these tests, informing them of what the risks were and really asking them not to take these tests,” said Mike Orlando, the head of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, which is part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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