The Intercept has found that US companies appear to be helping China’s efforts to gather data. Their investigations suggests Semptian, a company based in Shenzen, is formally collaborating with Google and IBM to develop a mass surveillance system. The technology is placed within China’s phone and internet networks to secretly gather the content of phone calls, emails, text messages, and location data. Moreover, they found that Semptian mostly targets those who openly oppose President Xi Jinping, democrats, and human rights activists.
Why does this matter? This opens a new front for potential regulatory action against Big Tech. It also provides an important counterpart to the recent story of tech leader, Peter Thiel, calling out Google on potential Chinese infiltration into their systems, which prompted a response from President Trump.
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