EU Worried About Huawei Sending Data Back To China

The EU’s technology commissioner has sounded the alarm over Huawei’s possible links to security services in China. The tech giant immediately expressed its disappointment over the allegations.


The European Union should be worried about technology giant Huawei cooperating with Chinese intelligence services to compromise the bloc’s security and industry, the EU’s technology commissioner advised on Friday.


Andrus Ansip warned Chinese tech companies could be cooperating with the state’s intelligence agencies or adding “back doors” to their systems to allow spies access to EU secrets.

“Do we have to be worried about Huawei or other Chinese companies? Yes I think we have to be worried,” he told a news conference in Brussels.

Ansip added Huawei-designed chips could be used by Chinese security services “to get our secrets.”

His remarks come 6 days after Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada on suspicion of involvement in the evasion of sanctions.

The Chinese tech giant immediately rejected “any allegation” that it might pose a security threat.

“Huawei has never been asked by any government to build any backdoors or interrupt any networks, and we would never tolerate such behavior by any of our staff,” Huawei said in a statement.

EU Technology Commissioner Andrus Ansip speaks at an event in Hamburg, Germany

EU Technology Commissioner Andrus Ansip speaks at an event in Hamburg, Germany



EU commissioner: ‘We have to be worried’ about Huawei

Andrus Ansip talks tough on Chinese telecom vendors.

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip said on Friday that Europe should be worried about Chinese telecom vendors like Huawei due to growing concerns about cybersecurity risks.

“I think we have to be worried about these companies,” Ansip, who deals with digital issues at the Commission, said of Huawei and other Chinese telecom companies at a news conference, in unusually strong terms for a top EU official.

“They have to cooperate with their intelligence services. This is about mandatory backdoors. I was always against having those mandatory backdoors,” he said, adding: “[It is] about chips they can put somewhere to get our secrets.”

The Chinese company is under renewed scrutiny after its Chief Financial Officer Sabrina Meng was arrested in Canada Saturday.

“We don’t know exactly what the reason was to arrest somebody in Canada,” Ansip said, but added:” It’s not a good sign when companies have to open their systems for some kind of secret services.”

“As normal ordinary people, of course we have to be afraid,” he said.

European Commission officials think Huawei’s dominance of the telecom vendor space is threatening Europe’s strategic autonomy and long-term security, according to an internal document reported earlier by POLITICO.

“We categorically reject we are a threat to national security,” a spokesperson for Huawei said. “Can anyone in the U.S., in Canada, in Belgium or anywhere else show us any proof [of backdoors]?”

“Huawei has never been asked and would never provide … espionage to any government,” the spokesperson said.

“Let’s treat cybersecurity as a technical issue so we can work together to secure networks. Not politicize it,” the spokesperson added. “We don’t want to be singled out because we’re Chinese.”


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