Huawei, Intelligence Backdoors and Encryption

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Jeremy Hunt may well be right here. But he’s more right than he might be comfortable thinking about:

Huawei is legally-obliged to co-operate with Chinese intelligence services, Jeremy Hunt warns

Chinese law may well say that. We’ll run with the idea that Hunt has been so informed at least.

Britain should be cautious about allowing Huawei to help build Britain’s 5G network because it is legally-obliged to co-operate with the Chinese intelligence services, Jeremy Hunt has warned. The Foreign Secretary, seen as a front-runner for the Tory leadership, became the first Cabinet minister to publicly express concerns about the Prime Minister’s decision to allow Huawei to supply technology for “non-core” parts of the 5G network. Speaking ahead of a trip to Africa, he said: “We are right to have a degree of caution about the role of large Chinese companies because of the degree of control the Chinese state is able to exercise over them in the way that would not be possible if they were large…

It’s that last part, the trailing off, which is interesting. For Western governments – the UK and US prominent among them – have been trying to demand that Apple open iPhones, that Telegram not provide end to end encryption, that there be backdoors into Facebook, WhatsApp for intelligence and police services.

That is, Hunt and his fellow defenders of our liberties have been demanding the same powers over Tech that they decry the Chinese government having. The hypocritical little bastards. But then to point out that they’re politicians is only to repeat myself.