U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Office of Public Affairs

Acting Secretary Wolf’s Statement on Team Telecom Recommendations

“Today’s recommendation to the Federal Communications Commission demonstrates that the United States Government is committed to securing our critical infrastructure, which is essential to our national security. To maintain the security and prosperity of our digital economy, it is vital to ensure that undersea communications cables are secure.  Routing undersea cables through Hong Kong would provide the People’s Republic of China with a strategic opportunity to collect the private information of our citizens and sensitive commercial data. Hong Kong is subject to intrusive Chinese government laws that put the demands of information by the Chinese Communist Party ahead of the privacy of U.S. consumers. We are proud to serve as a member of Team Telecom and to be part of this critical recommendation process.” # # #

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