Last week, Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) called for the U.S. media to cut ties with China Daily, which is a communist Chinese publication that “collaborates with leading global media organizations” and publishes “a supplement along with major U.S. newspapers, including The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.”
The letter was directed to David Chavern, the President and CEO of News Media Alliance and American Press Institute.
This week, Senator Scott commented on the news that the United Nations’ standards for video monitoring, facial recognitions, and city and vehicle surveillance are actively shaped by Chinese tech groups.
In his statement, Scott argued that “by putting Nicolas Maduro on its human rights council, the UN proved that it has no respect for human rights.”
Moreover, “the UN is highlighting its complete disregard for privacy and national security by allowing Communist China to control facial recognition standards.”
As Florida leadership has made clear, China poses a threat. Scott elaborates this by explaining that “Communist China, which is now partnering with Russia in its quest for global dominance, is stealing our personal information and intellectual property to use against us. The UN’s willingness to hand over control of setting privacy standards to Communist China is yet another example of why the United States needs to reconsider our financial support.”
The Chinese tech groups that are involved include ZTE, Dahua and China Telecom, and the information comes from leaked documents that were reported by the Financial Times.