We noticed some of the smartest veteran KC newsies picking up this story that didn't get a lot of play in the local media . . . However, the news is worth a glimpse inasmuch as the fight over data is now taking place on the home front.
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The lawmakers warn that CIMC-Tianda’s passenger bridges may allow the Chinese government to access the personal data of airport employees or to disrupt communications between ground control and aircraft.
The letter reads, “This poses a serious risk to American national security. The Chinese government has long used state-backed enterprises like CIMC-Tianda to advance its strategic interests. Beijing also recognizes the critical role U.S. transportation infrastructure – including our airports – plays not just in our citizens’ lives, but also in the functioning of our economy and, in times of crisis, the mobilization of our nation’s resources to protect American citizens. That is why Beijing has repeatedly targeted that infrastructure for disruption or interference using cyber and other means.”
CIMC-Tianda has a long history of illegal activity in the U.S., including industrial espionage, and was previously banned from selling passenger bridges by a U.S. district court in Houston.
Senator Hawley was joined by Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Reps. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Ron Estes (R-Kan.), Sam Graves (R-Mo.), and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.).
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