A new report today from Heartland Signal reveals that Pennsylvania GOP U.S. Senate nominee Mehmet Oz “founded a company in 2009 with Kai-Shing Tao, the CEO of a firm that sells invasive surveillance technology” to China. Oz’s campaign website claims one of his goals is to “get tough on China,” yet he’s closely linked to a business focused on “furthering the invasive surveillance state that the Chinese government operates.”
Oz has a long record of “taking a business-like approach to his relationships” with China. In 2013, Oz partnered with Neusoft — one of China’s largest software outsourcing providers. Oz also had a lucrative sponsorship deal with Usana Health Sciences, a multi-level marketing firm “whose largest single market is China.” Even some of the products featured on his show and website were largely made overseas in China.
Heartland Signal: Dr. Oz tied to invasive surveillance company with disturbing links to China
By: Richard Eberwein | September 26, 2022
“Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz founded a company in 2009 with Kai-Shing Tao, the CEO of a firm that sells invasive surveillance technology.”
“Although Oz apparently has not been actively involved in Sharecare since 2019, he and his wife still own anywhere between $6 and $35 million in Sharecare stock, personal finance disclosure documents show.”
“Tao is also the chairman and CEO of Remark Holdings, a holding company which specializes in AI analytics and surveillance technology. […] Most of the revenue Remark brings in is from Chinese clients that use the products primarily for their facial recognition capabilities. The Chinese government has been using similar equipment to spy and collect data on its citizens for years.”
“WIRED senior writer Tom Simonite asked Tao in 2018 whether he had any regrets about furthering the invasive surveillance state that the Chinese government operates. Tao expressed eagerness and said that he wants to help his customers.”
“According to his campaign website, one of Oz’s goals is to ‘get tough on China’ as he believes that the United States is failing to stand up to China ‘as they steal our intellectual property and manipulate our currency.’”
“Remark’s facial recognition technology has been criticized by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for being a threat to national security.”
Read the full story here.
Published: Sep 27, 2022