At a glance.
- Texas legislation boots adversaries from critical infrastructure projects.
- China ramps up competition, data, critical infrastructure protections.
- TikTok back on the rocks?
Texas legislation boots adversaries from critical infrastructure projects.
The US state of Texas’ Lone Star Infrastructure Protection Act will bar certain critical infrastructure contracts with Chinese, Russian, Iranian, and North Korean companies as of next month, Government Technology reports. Texas reserves the right to expand the blacklist in the future. The law forbids Government or business contracts that would grant companies located in—or owned or controlled by citizens of—designated countries access to communications, cybersecurity, water, electricity, or hazardous waste infrastructure, excepting approved "product warranty and support purposes." Governor Abbott said the legislation "protects our critical infrastructure from hostile nations that seek to harm either the United States of America or the state of Texas."
The Lone Star State is also planning enhanced cloud vendor security measures as part of the Texas Risk and Authorization Management Program.
China ramps up competition, data, critical infrastructure protections.
Beijing is continuing to clip Chinese tech companies’ wings as well, according to Reuters. Draft rules released yesterday by the State Administration for Market Regulation take on anti-competitive practices and consumer data protections, and are expected to boost e-commerce platforms’ compliance costs. The regulations would ban firms from posting fake reviews, compensating reviewers, smearing rivals, harvesting rivals’ data, or manipulating traffic.
Starting next month, Beijing will also institute new critical infrastructure protections, including annual security and risk assessments, and increased vendor vetting.
TikTok back on the rocks?
Senator Marco Rubio (Republican of Florida), Reuters reports, has asked the Biden Administration to banish TikTok following the Chinese Government’s acquisition of an ownership stake in a subsidiary of the app’s parent company. TikTok claims the subsidiary in question “has no ownership” of the platform, while a spokesperson from China’s foreign ministry said antagonistic politicians are headed for “the waste dumps of history.” President Biden eased off President Trump’s TikTok crackdown, but the Commerce Department is reviewing the threat.
Rubio called for “a framework of standards that must be met before a high-risk, foreign-based app is allowed to operate on American telecommunications networks and devices."