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 security
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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28 Comments

1. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1421; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Protectionism is such a terrible thing for consumers who are denied good devices and products on flimsy accusations.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Consumers in America don’t buy these phones anyway... so what’s the issue?

10. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Um, yes we do

14. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Huawei has like 6% market share in the U.S. And the majority of that presence is in the lower-end segment from the Honor series. The Honor 8 was one of the best midrange phones of 2016 and it flopped hard here. You could say they were up and coming, but so are other Asian brands in the States right now. Consumers will be just fine.

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

A one single android device in the hands of a one important person in Washington d.c is enough to make a difference. Be it a DOJ official, lawmaker, WH staffer etc etc it'll be a disaster.

17. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Only buy garbage xamfung and casual iphones

20. edgarcillo

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 06, 2017

Do you know that America includes many countries where Huawei is allowed to sell their products? America is not the just United States and we do buy their products

24. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

i am an american consumer...i have two high end huawei phones in my android collection, never had any issues whatsoever. great phones. i find it so funny, ridiculous, ironic, full of bs, that the american government act as if they dont spy on other countries thru the use of many different tech...i love all of my electronic devices made in asia (china, taiwan, korea, japan, etc...) i have zero consumer electronic that says made in america/united states,,,dont even tell me it is the way it is because cost of labor is cheap overseas, we are not talking about iphones being manufactured in asia because of cheap labor LOL...im talking about consumer electronics in general.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4211; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Provide some proof...

8. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

That's the funny thing with cyber security. You will never be able to show any hard strong evidence because it's all very sneaky and invisible. Only thing they can do is be very cautious by looking at the spying patterns and prevent any major attacks from China. That's not a bad thing in my opinion.

3. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

I thought it was the galaxys boom note 7

4. danny_a2005

Posts: 362; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

iF YOU CANT BEAT THEM KILL THEM

11. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

They were being solidly beaten here in the States. Of the Big 5 (Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and Huawei) they were last In terms of market presence. Honestly, they’re probably better off sticking to Europe and Asian markets. More cost effective and there are plenty of potential customers who don’t shun their Chinese heritage.

5. haydenb

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

Huawei makes some very solid devices. I had a Mate 10 Pro quality device the only thing i didnt care for was the software

6. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

what else the former ceo could say?? US does what knows best, fake news begging for mre market share. They should first learn to adapt instead and listen more the consumer. This will not gonna help, they will soon bark at the moon in the night while being left alone.

9. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

i don't know if you guys are aware but the whole ZTE/Huawei ban started from their infrastructure network equipments

15. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Mobile phones are far more dangerous than wifi routers or switches.

18. cmdacos

Posts: 4211; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

How so? Not that there is legitimacy or proof in any of the claims but curious to know why you think hacking wifi routers wouldn't be more dangerous when both mobile and nonobile devices are interacting with the networks?

23. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

I had no idea infrastructure network equipment was referring to wifi routers

16. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Cant believe some ppl still think all is to protect Apple sales. Then LG, Lenovo and Samsung would be target too.

29. mootu

Posts: 1520; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

It's not just protecting phones, they are doing it for the whole infostructure. Huawei are the worlds largest telecoms network provider and companys like Cisco etc just cannot compete with them on price or quality. This is what it all boils down to and is nothing to do with national security. If the chinese want to spy and hack they will do it on anyones equipment just like they do daily, just the same as the US does daily and every other advanced country in the world does.

21. babakvesta

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 14, 2017

US is the most dangerous country in the world and a big threat for the peace in the world too. I am Canadian and I say this is not your business we love Huawei and we use it!

22. rouyal

Posts: 1582; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

That’s the spirit! Don’t just send your data back to China, do it with a smile! Bless your heart.

26. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

i garantee u that ur own american government spies on its own people as well as other countries and yet point fingers at others LOL

27. raky_b

Posts: 393; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Better to sent it to China by will, than to US without knowing. Google/android, Apple/iOS, M$....they all are gathering and using our data. And you really think it is just for finding user experience and targetet add's!? Anyway,Chinese government,just any other has good enough technologies to spy on any device, made by any manufacturer...so using Huawei is same as using Samsung or Apple, if they want to spy on you, they won't be stopped.

25. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

im from the u.s. and i agree with u...the u.s. is trying to be a planet bully LOL

28. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 168; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Great America threatened by zte and now Canada is threatened by huawei

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