The head of MI6 explained how and why China gathers personal information about residents of other nations.
China enters into agreements with other countries that allow Beijing to collect data on their citizens and national projects, endangering their sovereignty and making them vulnerable to Chinese influence. This was stated by Richard Moore, the head of the British foreign intelligence service MI6.
Countries that agree to such agreements risk falling into a "data trap," according to Moore. Moore stated that when China sold COVID vaccines around the world, he frequently negotiated terms that required recipient countries to share their vaccination data sets with Beijing. Moore believes that these are the kinds of conditions that should be concerning in any trade.
MI6 is now more concerned with China than with any other country. Such priorities are related to China's growing global importance and the need to understand the Chinese government's intentions and capabilities.
Moore also pointed out that China has an advantage over the UK in terms of receiving "huge amounts of data" required to train machine learning tools.
Moore claims that China has increased its massive datasets domestically by bringing others overseas without regard for data privacy. Moore also stated that MI6 will become more involved in gathering intelligence on how hostile states use AI for "unethical purposes."