JAN 10, 2020 | US
Software Group Flags Concerns Over Scope, Effectiveness of ICT Supply-Chain Proposal
Inside Cybersecurity, January 10, 2020
By Charlie Mitchell
A major group representing software makers is raising extensive concerns over the Commerce Department's proposed rule on information and communications technology supply chain security, which would implement a May 15 executive order by setting the criteria for banning ICT imports from “foreign adversaries.”
BSA | The Software Alliance said in comments to Commerce: “The proposed rules are overly -- indeed, staggeringly -- broad. As written, they would permit the Secretary to launch a review of virtually any 'transaction' involving almost any form of commercial technology, regardless of whether it has a clear nexus to national security or to a foreign adversary.”
The group said, “Combined with the process and other problems described below, this undefined scope would leave industry in a constant and irremediable state of uncertainty about whether their operations are, or soon will be, subject to regulatory scrutiny.”
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 help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.
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.