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Communist China’s Temu Is Spying on Americans

China's popular shopping platform Temu is harvesting American's data like never seen before, and our national security is at stake.

Temu, a China-based e-commerce behemoth, has been thrust into the limelight not just for its aggressive expansion and unbelievably low prices but for reasons far more concerning to every American. Temu, is a wolf in sheep’s clothing harvesting American’s data, orchestrated by none other than the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

More than 100 million Americans are using Temu, making it one of the fastest-growing e-commerce platforms since its 2022 launch. It aims to hit $60 billion in sales this year, a staggering figure achieved by offering products at prices that scream exploitation through relaxed (or should we say, nonexistent?) Chinese labor and manufacturing laws. Temu’s strategy includes massive spending on social media ads and a creepy “Shop Like a Billionaire” Super Bowl ad.

But the deeper concern lies not in its loss-leading business model—losing $30 per order to dominate American e-commerce—but in the hands steering this ship. Many of Temu’s top brass are former high-ranking CCP officials. This isn’t just a company trying to make a mark in America; it’s potentially a Trojan Horse aiming to infiltrate and spy on American consumers. As cybersecurity becomes a battleground, Temu’s operations raise alarm bells. Senator Tom Cotton has outright labeled Temu as a threat to American security, potentially more dangerous than TikTok, given its access capabilities when downloaded onto a smartphone.

This isn’t merely about the risk of personal data theft but a full-scale espionage operation that could monitor Americans’ keystrokes, access logins, and even manipulate or install other malicious software. Could Temu be making up its losses by selling this data? It’s not just plausible but likely. And let’s not brush aside the fact that Temu’s parent company, PDD, was booted from Google Play for harmful malware activities.

With all this in play, why isn’t there a more significant outcry? Temu’s case should be front and center, treated with the same urgency as the debates surrounding TikTok. We need to ask ourselves: are these discounts worth the cost of our privacy and national security? It’s high time to recognize that Temu is not just selling cheap goods—it’s extracting a high price on our security, making it imperative for Americans to think twice and for lawmakers to act fast.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.