Huawei pens open letter to UK Parliament: Spying? Nope, we’ve done nothing wrong

Huawei has admitted “room for improvement” in its product design processes in an open letter to the UK Parliament – but strongly refuted allegations of spying.

The five-page letter (PDF) from Ryan Ding, Huawei’s carrier business group (CBG) president, states that Huawei’s commercial reputation would be destroyed if it was caught spying, or sending data back to China.

“The governments in some countries have labelled Huawei as a security threat, but they have never substantiated these allegations with solid evidence. For us, the lasting support and trust of our customers worldwide speaks volumes,” said Ding.

He claimed Canada has to date “not taken any restrictive measures against Huawei products”; New Zealand “turned down” a single 5G proposal, but the “regulatory process is still ongoing”; and Australia has raised “extra requirements for the supply of 5G products”.

“Even in the US, existing legislation only restricts the use of federal funds to buy our networking hardware and services; there are no legislative restrictions on Huawei’s business activities,” Ding added.

“Were Huawei ever to engage in malicious behaviour, it would not go unnoticed – and it would certainly destroy our business. For us it is security or nothing: there is no third option.”

Huawei cited a study of Chinese law by Clifford Chance that concluded the People’s Republic does not oblige vendors to plant backdoors or other eavesdropping methods in telco equipment, and no sanctions exist against a company which has refused such a request. ..Read More..

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