China Wants Your Data — And May Already Have It
By Greg Myre
24 February 2021
U.S. officials add that DNA collection by Chinese companies, even when done openly and legally, should be seen as part of a comprehensive effort to vacuum up millions and millions of records on U.S. citizens. And many Chinese efforts violate U.S. law, the officials say.
“Most Americans have probably had their data compromised by the cyber intelligence units of the Chinese government and Chinese military intelligence,” said April Falcon Doss who worked at the National Security Agency and wrote the book Cyber Privacy:Who Has Your Data And Why You Should Care.
Falcon Doss said China is collecting detailed personal information on a massive scale for multiple reasons: to boost its economy, advance its technology and to support its espionage efforts.
“China has really set as one of its strategic goals, trying to achieve dominance in artificial intelligence,” she said. “What you need to feed artificial intelligence algorithms is lots and lots and lots of data.”