JAN 10, 2020 | US
Commerce Department’s Proposed Regulation for Supply Chain Security Called Unworkable
Politico Morning Cybersecurity, January 10, 2020
By Tim Starks
A major software industry organization raised doubts about a proposed Commerce Department rule for information and communications technology supply chain security.
The Commerce Department’s proposed regulation for information and communications technology supply chain security is unworkable because it gives the Commerce secretary “unbounded discretion to review commercial ICT transactions, applying highly subjective criteria in an ad hoc and opaque process that lacks meaningful safeguards for companies,” the software trade group BSA said in comments filed this morning as part of the proceeding. The proposed supply chain rule, released in November, would let the government block US companies from buying equipment and services that jeopardize national security. But BSA said the rule needed a serious overhaul.
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life.
With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.