Alleged China Data Slurping

March 16, 2021

I spotted an interesting “statistic.” The source was the article “China Harvesting 20% of World’s Data Including from India.” So one-fifth of the world’s data. The write up phrases the assertion this way:

… Approximately 20 per cent of the world’s global population are “being either directly or potentially set up for the Chinese government to collect all of their private data”.

An expert from the cyber security firm Strike Force is quoted as saying:

“If the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) has access to 20 per cent of the data going through the world’s VPNs generally, they should be expected to be using that data for a massive global spying operation that could translate into winning wars, shifting global power, and aiding the rise of an empire,” the expert warned.

If accurate, glib dismissals of TikTok or Zoom links to China may have to be re-evaluated in the shadow of the alleged data slurping.

Stephen E Arnold, March 16, 2021

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