By Karen E. Roman
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is assessing the potential threat of Chinese cellular devices to track and infiltrate U.S. intelligence through connected devices on the Internet of Things (IoT), according to a recent article from The Futurum Group.
IoT devices access the Internet using cellular modules which are usually controlled remotely, sending and receiving data requests without the host’s knowledge, the article stated. It aims to inform consumers about device safety but lacks incentives to discourage the use of Chinese technologies, potentially limiting its effectiveness.
“Alarmingly, China’s sweeping national security laws mandates its technology firms share any data they have anywhere in the world if requested by the country’s intelligence service,” CEO of The Futurum Group, Daniel Newman said. “The issue came to a head when it was found that Chinese-made components in devices certified for use on federally managed public safety networks were designed to send information back to Chinese servers.”
China’s national security laws obliges its technology firms to share the data they have located anywhere in the world, if requested by the country’s intelligence service, the article said.