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US Intelligence warns of National security risk due to Chinese collecting health data of Americans

Washington, Feb 2 (UNI) The United States’ National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) has issued a warning regarding the risks posed to privacy of American citizens and national security of the country due to China collecting genomic and other health care data of Americans.
In a fact sheet published today, the NCSC said, "For years, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has collected large healthcare data sets from the U.S. and nations around the globe, through both legal and illegal means, for purposes only it can control ... The PRC’s collection of healthcare data from America poses equally serious risks, not only to the privacy of Americans, but also to the economic and national security of the U.S.,"
The agency said that China collects data in enormous amounts as it views bulk personal information, including health care and genomic data, as a "strategic commodity to be collected and used for its economic and national security.
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