By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 11-18-19

In the wake of a hearing two weeks ago on Big Tech and its ties to China, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has introduced the National Security and Personal Data Protection Act which would attempt to stem the flow of info to that and other countries that pose national security threats.

That would include by assuming a merger in which a foreign-controlled company buys a U.S. web site or social media platform was prohibited unless a U.S. security review said it was OK.

Apple, in particular, took hits in absentia at the hearing – it did not send a witness – or providing cloud services to China and storing both data and the tools to decrypt it in that country.  Chinese social media platform TikTok also came in for heavy criticism.  » Read More