U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory for China: Do Not Use WeChat or WhatsAPP!

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See this current example of Chinese technology theft and abuse (Spying). 

What impact will Hauwei's case have on social networking companies and technology as a whole? 

Will tech-giants like Apple and Tesla leave?

Will you be allowed to leave China if you visit, or will you be subjected to an exit ban?

Obviously, IP theft is a major problem, but when human rights, freedom of travel, and Due Process of Law are degraded, a coordinated international approach is warranted.

Additionally,  

Are you paying a fee each month for China to spy on you?

If you are using a VPN in China, maybe you shouldn't! 

Think about how VPN providers gain access to China's market; they create joint-ventures, hack, or block. All Internet traffic can be blocked, or allowed at various levels. So, when there is an important event in China the government dials up/down the VPN constraints, slowing traffic to a crawl. The government also targets international Internet traffic. The next time you download a VPN software package to your phone or computer, think about who might own the company, in whole or part. Or, if there is a fee going to a Party boss for access and software access from the provider. Normally, China will require access to the code behind the software, so it is not a stretch to think it is occurring. 

I think of the giddy Chinese smile on a government hacker's face when people pay to place the juiciest, most salacious material, and IP content on a Chinese owned or directed VPN. "Xie Xie," he says "Foreigners make is so convenient!"

Everyone living in China knows that Internet access and blocking are increasingly specific and targeted. 

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China also has an exit ban. It mainly seems targeted at dual US-Chinese citizens (China doesn't recognize) and US citizens of Chinese descent.

Highlight from the link.

Exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals.

Chinese authorities have asserted broad authority to prohibit U.S. citizens from leaving China by using ‘exit bans,’ sometimes keeping U.S. citizens in China for years. China uses exit bans coercively:

  • to compel U.S. citizens to participate in Chinese government investigations,
  • to lure individuals back to China from abroad, and
  • to aid Chinese authorities in resolving civil disputes in favor of Chinese parties.
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On 1/12/2019 at 4:55 AM, Microbio-glutonist said:

See this current example of Chinese technology theft and abuse (Spying). 

What impact will Hauwei's case have on social networking companies and technology as a whole? 

Will tech-giants like Apple and Tesla leave?

Will you be allowed to leave China if you visit, or will you be subjected to an exit ban?

Obviously, IP theft is a major problem, but when human rights, freedom of travel, and Due Process of Law are degraded, a coordinated international approach is warranted.

Additionally,  

Are you paying a fee each month for China to spy on you?

If you are using a VPN in China, maybe you shouldn't! 

Think about how VPN providers gain access to China's market; they create joint-ventures, hack, or block. All Internet traffic can be blocked, or allowed at various levels. So, when there is an important event in China the government dials up/down the VPN constraints, slowing traffic to a crawl. The government also targets international Internet traffic. The next time you download a VPN software package to your phone or computer, think about who might own the company, in whole or part. Or, if there is a fee going to a Party boss for access and software access from the provider. Normally, China will require access to the code behind the software, so it is not a stretch to think it is occurring. 

I think of the giddy Chinese smile on a government hacker's face when people pay to place the juiciest, most salacious material, and IP content on a Chinese owned or directed VPN. "Xie Xie," he says "Foreigners make is so convenient!"

Everyone living in China knows that Internet access and blocking are increasingly specific and targeted. 

Any app from a Chinese developer that anyone downloads from Google Play store or Apple app store is sending data back to China. Any type of Chinese computer (Lenovo) is sending your data back to China. Any Chinese brand (Huawei routers) that can connect to the internet is sending your data back to China without your knowledge or consent. They've been caught many times.

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