【轉貼】US tech firms ask China to postpone 'intrusive' rules

US business groups are seeking "urgent discussions" over new Chinese rules requiring foreign firms to hand over source code and other measures.

The groups wrote to senior government officials after the introduction of the cybersecurity regulations at the end of last year.

The US Chamber of Commerce and other groups called the rules "intrusive".

The regulations initially apply to firms selling products to Chinese banks but are part of a wider review.

"An overly broad, opaque, discriminatory approach to cybersecurity policy that restricts global internet and ICT products and services would ultimately isolate Chinese ICT firms from the global marketplace and weaken cybersecurity, thereby harming China's economic growth and development and restricting customer choice," the letter read.

The groups said that the rules would force technology sellers to create backdoors for the Chinese government, adopt Chinese encryption algorithms and disclose sensitive intellectual property.

Firms planning to sell computer equipment to Chinese banks would also have to set up research and development centres in the country, get permits for workers servicing technology equipment and build "ports" which enable Chinese officials to manage and monitor data processed by their hardware, Reuters reported.

Source code is the usually tightly guarded series of commands that create programs. For most computing and networking equipment, it would have to be turned over to officials, according to the new regulations.

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Some thoughts:

Rather than security reasons, handing over source codes means opening a windows to the copy cat giant to take whatever it want

"...restricts global internet and ICT products and services would ultimately isolate Chinese ICT firms from the global marketplace and weaken cybersecurity, thereby harming China's economic growth and development and restricting customer choice,"

Meaning that these firms will not include the cutting edge features in their Chinese version, just like what the car manufacturers did with a MIC version?

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本帖最後由 toylet 於 2015-2-1 20:28 編輯
Some thoughts:
Rather than security reasons, handing over source codes means opening a windows to t ...
Kundera 發表於 30/1/2015 07:28

Clear and Present Danger!
I think copying source codes are not problems, but when they do evil things with the source codes!  

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