The Department of Homeland Security issued a warning to all U.S. businesses about what it called the "grave threat" of doing business with firms from China, like telecom giant Huawei. (Rowingbohe/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license)

The Department of Homeland Security issued a warning to all U.S. businesses about what an accompanying press release called the "grave threat" of doing business with firms from China or with Chinese citizens in leadership roles.

The DHS advisory covers the various Chinese laws allowing Beijing to access data with employees, leadership, or ownership within its borders. That could include including personal data and trade secrets, which the advisory warns may ultimately force data transfer in violation of other countries' privacy laws or contractual obligations.

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