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Every Friday, I present a topic or question for our merry band of thinkers, leaders, ...

Every Friday, I present a topic or question for our merry band of thinkers, leaders, and pirates to discuss in an open thread. Here is this week’s conversation starter:

On September 1, a new Chinese data law will require all foreign-owned companies operating in China and all Chinese companies (and their subsidiaries operating globally) to classify and to report their data according to government priorities. This is the latest evolution of the country’s “data security laws” that already require government access to all data and that prohibit encryption and other technologies that would prevent this access.

Question: What, if anything, should the U.S. government do to hold U.S. companies like Alphabet, Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle accountable for allowing their business and research data to be collected and used by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)?

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Klon Kitchen is a managing director at Beacon Global Strategies and a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.