China says tech firms have nothing to fear from anti-terror law
Technology companies have nothing to fear from China’s new anti-terrorism law which aims to prevent and probe terror activities and does not affect their copyright, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, rebuffing U.S. criticism as unwarranted.
The draft anti-terrorism law has caused concern in Western capitals as it could require technology firms to install “back doors” in products or to hand over sensitive information such as encryption keys to the government.
The law is currently having another reading at the latest session of the standing committee for China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress, which ends on Sunday.
This week, the U.S. State Department said it had expressed “serious concerns” to China about the law which would do more harm than good against the threat of terrorism.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said he was “dissatisfied” with the U.S. position and hoped they respected China’s law-making process and did not adopt “double standards”.
China faced a serious threat from terrorism and needed to improve its legal framework to deal with the problem, Hong added.
“What we are doing is reasonable and fair,” he said. Read more