China is said to have excluded US-based Symantec Corp and Russia’s Kaspersky Lab from a list of approved anti-virus software vendors, Reuters reported.
The move suggests that Beijing is expanding its efforts to limit the use of foreign information technology products.
State-controlled People’s Daily put out a tweet early Sunday on the government’s decision on Symantec and Kaspersky, the report said. Another tweet showed that the government procurement office has approved the use of five anti-virus software brands, all from China.
A Kaspersky spokesman was quoted as saying: “We are investigating and engaging in conversations with Chinese authorities about this matter. It is too premature to go into any additional details at this time.”
Symantec last month said it was in talks with authorities following reports that China had banned use of one of its products, data loss prevention software. At the time a Symantec spokeswoman said that there was no indication of a ban on the company’s flagship anti-virus software programs.
Several US technology firms, including Cisco Systems, IBM and Microsoft, have faced challenges in China in recent months since reports surfaced last year of US surveillance programs.
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