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U.S. lawmakers tell their Canadian counterparts that Huawei is a threat to their country's national security

U.S. lawmakers tell their Canadian counterparts that Huawei is a threat to their country's national
According to a new report published today, senior U.S. lawmakers are warning their counterparts in Canada that they should consider Chinese manufacturer Huawei to be a threat to the country's national security, and a threat to the intelligence gathering operations run by Canada and its allies. A familiar name from the past, former Research in Motion (RIM) co-CEO Jim Balsillie, says that the warnings from the U.S. need to be listened to.

Balsillie's main concern is whether Canada is keeping ownership of intellectual property that is being created from publicly funded research done by Canadian universities. Last month, there was some consternation that Huawei is using these patents to become a major player in the global build out of 5G networks. Earlier this year, the U.S. government warned consumers and businesses not to buy Huawei phones and networking equipment. Because of the company's ties to the Chinese government, Congress has called Huawei a threat to U.S. national security amid fears that its devices capture data from consumers and corporations, and funnel this information back to China.

While Huawei has denied spying on countries, both Verizon and AT&T decided at the last moment not to carry the Huawei Mate 10 Pro earlier this year, and U.S. Military bases are no longer allowed to sell its products.

The lack of response to the warnings by Canada's Trudeau administration comes as Huawei has helped turn the country into a major research center for development of the next-gen 5G network. While Canada might not want to lose this opportunity to become involved in cutting-edge technology, it also has to worry about the response of its allies who are concerned that Canada is allowing itself to become compromised by working closely with Huawei.

source: GlobeandMail

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