The move is part of a larger, strategic bipartisan efforts by U.S. lawmakers to rein in collaboration between U.S. tech companies and their Chinese peers, especially in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning which have application in the military.
In a bipartisan move, Republican and Democratic lawmakers have asked Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday to reconsider its decision to collaborate with China’s telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.
Huawei and ZTE have been flagged by the U.S. as threats to its national security.
Google.com has recently decided not to renew “Project Maven,” – an artificial intelligence research collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense.
“While we regret that Google did not want to continue a long and fruitful tradition of collaboration between the military and technology companies, we are even more disappointed that Google apparently is more willing to support the Chinese Communist Party than the U.S. military,” wrote U.S. lawmakers in a letter to Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai.
The letter was signed by Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton as well as Republican Representatives Liz Cheney and Michael Conaway and Democratic Representative Dutch Ruppersberger.
According to Google’s spokeswoman Andrea Faville, the company is looking forward to respond to the letter.
“Like many U.S. companies, we have agreements with dozens of OEMs (manufacturers) around the world, including Huawei. We do not provide special access to Google user data as part of these agreement, and our agreements include privacy and security protections for use data,” said Faville in a statement.
The letter is part of an effort by members of the U.S. Congress to safeguard U.S. national security.
The bipartisan effort is aimed at barring U.S. government agencies from using the companies’ products and try to overturn U.S. President Donald Trump’s agreement to end a ban on ZTE.