Symantec and Kaspersky Lab are both denying that China has banned their products, amid media reports that the country is shutting out foreign security vendors from selling to government agencies.
Both companies are not listed among the approved anti-virus vendors with the country’s central government procurement center, leaving only domestic security providers. This prompted reports to suggest that China had excluded both Symantec and Kaspersky Lab as a way to curb the use of foreign technology.
But despite the exclusion, U.S.-based Symantec said on Tuesday its products could still be sold to the Chinese government.
“It is important to note that this list is only for certain types of procurement and Symantec products are not banned by the Chinese government,” the company said in an email. “We are investigating this report and will continue to bid for and win governments projects in China.”
Russian vendor Kaspersky Lab said it had been a provider to the Chinese government procurement center, but that the government agency had “temporarily rescinded” its endorsements of foreign security providers.
“However, this restriction only applies to national-level institutions whose funding comes from the central government procurement budget, and does not include regional governments or large enterprises,” the company said in an email.
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