Huawei refuses to hand 5G data to Chinese Government

Huawei has no choice but to give out its network data to the Chinese government. According to experts, whenever Beijing ask for it, Huawei can’t say no due to espionage and national security laws within the country.

Elsewhere, major countries have blocked the Chinese telecommunication equipment creators from making hardware for the next-gen mobile networks called the 5G. That includes the United States, Australia, and Japan. The United States says Huawei’s equipment might provide backdoors for the Chinese government towards the American networks. However, Huawei denies the United States claim repeatedly.

Australia on 5G network

Meanwhile, Australia didn’t mention a specific country or company. Just last year, its government provide guidance to its domestic carriers. It says, “the involvement of vendors who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflict with Australian law, may risk failure by the carrier to adequately protect a 5G network from unauthorized access or interference.”

Jerome Cohen, NYU professor and Adjunct senior fellow at Council on foreign relations comments on Huawei. According to Cohen, “There is no way Huawei can resist any order from the Government to the Chinese Communist Party to do its bidding in any context, commercial or otherwise.

Furthermore, the Australian government highlights concern on the top of the minds of numerous governments. That includes China’s wide-range internet laws. Its government requires tech companies on helping Beijing with “intelligence work.” In short, companies might get forced to give their network data even they want it to or not.

Elsewhere, two legislation piece provides particular concern to governments. One, the 2017 National Intelligence Law. Two, the 2014 Counter-Espionage Law. The first law’s article 7 says that “any organization or citizen shall support, assist and cooperate with the state intelligence work in accordance with the law.” In the 2014 Counter-Espionage law, it says, “when the state security organ investigates and understands the situation of espionage and collects relevant evidence, the relevant organizations and individuals shall provide it truthfully and may not refuse.”

Huawei: “will not build backdoors”

The tech firm now vigorously contests. They have no plan to hand over customer data. Huawei spokesperson then speaks about the firm’s founder Ren Zhengfei and other senior executives. It states that they “have stated unambiguously that Huawei will not build backdoors or hand over customer data. It doesn’t get much clearer than that.” Additionally, it says, “We have never been required to do so, they have stated. We are not going to speculate on future possible scenarios beyond repeating the reassurances of Huawei’s most senior management.”

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