Fresh off its government-wide ban of Kaspersky Lab software, Congress has now turned its sights on two Chinese telecommunications companies that a senator says could make it easier for China to spy on the U.S.

The House and Senate are considering bills that would bar the federal government from contracting with any entity that uses equipment from Huawei Technologies Co. and and ZTE Corp.—or any Chinese-controlled entity.

"This legislative effort isn't surprising, and is consistent with the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 provision focused on Kaspersky," said Edward J. McAndrew, Co-Practice Leader of the firm's Privacy and Data Security Group.

A recent U.S. Court of Federal Claims decision which backed an agency's decision to eliminate a contract bid for connections to the Chinese government, indicates "that the executive and legislative branches, after years of rumblings, are now taking greater action to protect the government supply chain from cybersecurity vulnerabilities," said McAndrew.

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