FIRST ON FOX: Republican Representative Michelle Steel of California and Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas have introduced a bill to stop the spread of the popular Chinese Communist Party (CCP) logistics software in America.
Steel and Cotton are leading Communist China’s Maritime Data Protection Act in their respective chambers to prevent China’s LOGINK state logistics software from being used at ports or by the US military at home and abroad.
LOGINK tracks commercial and military logistics and presents a national security conundrum: CCP’s ownership means it provides all the data it collects to the Chinese government, providing a wealth of information about the supply chains of America and our allies.
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Republican Rep. Michelle Steel of California and Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas are leading the Communist China Maritime Data Protection Act in their respective chambers to prevent Chinese state-owned LOGINK logistics software from being used at ports or by the US military for commercial interests. inside and outside. (Orange County Register/Getty Images)
“The world is just now realizing the extent of Chinese Communist Party espionage,” Steele said in a press release obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital.
“CCP has used the LOGINK data and logistics platform for years to spy on our supply chains and collect data on potential vulnerabilities,” the California Republican continued.
“As the CCP continues to escalate its assault on democracies around the world, the urgency of this legislation cannot be overstated. This threat must be addressed immediately, for the sake of our national security and all freedom-loving nations,” he added.
In the press release, Cotton said “the United States should not actively support China’s espionage operations” by using the platform to track military supply chains. (Getty Images)
In the press release, Cotton said “the United States should not actively support China’s espionage operations” by using the platform to track military supply chains.
“Unfortunately, this is what happens when we allow our commercial or military vessels to be tracked by LOGINK, a Chinese data collection platform,” Cotton said.
“Our bill would prevent the Department of Defense from partnering with any group that uses LOGINK and prevent the spread of the software,” he continued.
The GOP lawmakers’ bill would prohibit the Department of Defense (DOD) from contracting with or using LOGINK with entities that use it, and President Biden would require entities to prohibit using or sharing data with the platform.
LOGINK has been around since 2007 and similar concerns have arisen from Huawei and ZTE against the logistics platform. (Ju Peng/Xinhua via Getty Images)
In addition, the bill would order a report on the threat to LOGINK, including a report on port bans, and the US would contact international partners to stop the use of the platform and ban its access to any economic or commercial packages.
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LOGINK has been around since 2007 and similar concerns have arisen from Huawei and ZTE against the logistics platform.
The bill currently has a number of GOP sponsors, including Reps. Brian Mast of Florida, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Ben Cline of Virginia.
Houston Keene is a political writer for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to Houston.Keene@Fox.com and on Twitter: @HoustonKeene