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US government is worried about buying IT equipment from China, enacts new law for security

US lawmakers pass provision to restrict the purchase of IT equipment from China

Charles Gantt | Mar 28, 2013 at 10:55 am CDT (0 mins, 36 secs time to read)

This week the US government passed into effect laws that would restrict government agencies from purchasing IT equipment from Chinese manufacturers without first being fully assessed for cyber security.

US government is worried about buying IT equipment from China, enacts new law for security | TweakTown.com

The provision, a part of a larger spending bill, was signed by President Obama and forces NASA, The Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice to seek and receive formal approval from federal law enforcement agencies, before purchasing any technology systems from China.

The law is designed to further prevent future cyber-attacks on the US by Chinese hackers or at least make it harder to do so. Reuters however feels that the law will do nothing more than further strain the already stretched relationship between Washington and Beijing.

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A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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