September 17, 2015

"China wants U.S. tech companies to agree to a number of measures that could force them to hand over user data to the government."

Fortune The country might force the companies to hand over user data. by Victor Luckerson

'According to the New York Times, a Chinese government agency sent a letter to tech companies over the summer asking them to promise that they would not harm China’s security, would store user data within Chinese borders, and would make sure their products are secure and controllable. The stipulations could lead to tech companies being required to build in a “back door” to their platforms to let Chinese officials directly access user data, according to the Times.

'It’s not clear which tech companies received the pledge. A tech forum organized by Chinese officials is scheduled for next week, and companies such as Apple AAPL -0.93% , Facebook FB 0.02% , Google GOOG 0.51% , and Uber are expected to attend.

'American tech companies have had contentious relationships with China over the years. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter TWTR -1.08% , and Google are banned outright in the country. Internet companies that have set up shop in China, such as LinkedIn LNKD -0.71% , have had to play by the country’s stringent rules by self-censoring content and storing user data about Chinese users within the country.'

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