U.S. Commerce Department to develop new rules on potential national security risks for foreign IT equipment

The U.S. Commerce Department is further determining how to assess and respond to the national security risks posed by foreign telecommunications equipment,media reported. The proposed rules, released Tuesday local time, would allow the department to decide whether an incident poses an unacceptable risk to national security or an unacceptable risk to the safety and security of Americans, and whether the practice is prohibited.

U.S. Commerce Department to develop new rules on potential national security risks for foreign IT equipment

Wilbur Ross, the Commerce Secretary, said the proposed rules would “demonstrate our commitment to protecting the digital economy while fulfilling President Trump’s commitment to our digital infrastructure.”

In the future, the Commerce Secretary will make a decision based on an assessment provided by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence. Now, the Commerce Department is seeking a scan of the proposed rules for the next 30 days.

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