The UK & Germany May Not Ban Huawei Citing Lack Of Evidence Of Spying

It seems that the UK and Germany may not ban Huawei from their respective countries despite allegations of state sponsored spying. First over to the UK:

Ciaran Martin, head of Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), said Britain had yet to decide on its security policy for national 5G networks, but that Huawei equipment was subject to detailed oversight and strict government controls over where it was used.

“Our regime is arguably the toughest and most rigorous oversight regime in the world for Huawei,” Martin, whose NCSC is part of Britain’s GCHQ intelligence agency, said at a cybersecurity conference in Brussels.

Asked later whether Washington had presented Britain with any evidence to support its allegations, he told reporters: “I would be obliged to report if there was evidence of malevolence … by Huawei. And we’re yet to have to do that. So I hope that covers it.”

So in the case of the UK, it’s business as usual until there’s a reason to change course. The Germans have gone further by actually considering letting Huawei in:

The preliminary decision made by a small group of relevant ministries two weeks ago is set to be discussed by leaders of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc at a meeting Tuesday night. Even if confirmed, it could still face opposition in her cabinet or in parliament, according to a small group of senior civil servants, diplomats and legislators who would prefer to ban Huawei on strategic and security grounds.

The government has been drafting changes to the country’s telecommunications laws—independent of the Huawei concerns—that would impose stricter security requirements on telecommunication equipment vendors, including a no-spy pledge.

A recent probe by Germany’s cybersecurity agency with help from the U.S. and other allies failed to show that the Chinese company could use its equipment to clandestinely siphon off data, according to senior agency and other government officials.

Both of these are a pretty stunning rebuke of the conventional wisdom that Huawei is a gateway for the Chinese to spy. And the fact that this is public is a problem for the US who is pushing the narrative that Huawei is evil. Let’s be clear, Huawei can hardly be considered the Archangel Gabriel of the tech industry, but the fact that the US is getting this sort of pushback is significant.

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