Concerns raised over use of Chinese technology in Sri Lanka

A local group has raised concerns over the use of Chinese technology by Sri Lankan mobile companies.

The Information Technology Society of Sri Lanka (ITSSL) said that using Chinese technology for telecom and broadband operations could pose a threat to National security.

ITSSL said in a statement that Information Technology plays a vital role in Sri Lanka.

The local organization noted that technology is widely used in Sri Lanka to collect and store sensitive information, including bank details.

ITSSL urged intelligence agencies to pay close attention to the use of Chinese technology by telecom and other State agencies.

The Government was also urged to minimize the use of Chinese technology in highly sensitive operations.

Just recently the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) said that it has commenced monitoring the global developments with regards to Chinese mobile applications.

The US and India had banned a number of Chinese mobile apps, including TikTok, citing national security concerns.

Director General of the TRCSL, Oshada Senanayake had told the Colombo Gazette that TRCSL was monitoring the global situation.

He said that Sri Lanka does not have the means to monitor every single mobile application but is following the global best practices in this regard.

“The global situation on concerns raised with regards to Chinese mobile applications is in its early stages. Sri Lanka has not received any complaints on Chinese mobile applications, especially TikTok,” Oshada Senanayake said.

He said in the event Sri Lanka faces any threats due to such applications, the TRCSL will take necessary measures based on the global best practices procedure.

Senanayake added that even though certain countries have taken action against Chinese mobile applications, it was not necessary for Sri Lanka to follow suit, until such applications have been identified as potential threats to the country. (Colombo Gazette)

1 COMMENT

  1. “ global best practices procedure”? Sounds like the kind of thing you make up when you don’t have a real answer to the journalists question.

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