Every morning, Nicolas Barré takes stock of a current economic problem.
Should we ban Huawei, a smartphone maker and a Chinese telecommunication equipment? The US is pressing for this and France thinks.
For one simple reason: Huawei is suspected of spying on behalf of the Chinese authorities. And what worries about the Western countries with the advent of 5G is that Huawei takes advantage of the opportunity to spread in the midst of communication networks. The US and Australia have banned Huawei from building 5G networks. And Washington is now trying to convince its allies: Germany, Japan, etc. to do the same France is also suspicious of Chinese: Huawei has been removed from 4G in Ile de France, where there are power stations and headquarters of the most sensitive companies. With the move to 5G, the dispute is even larger although it has not been proven – it may not be yet – that Huawei has installed spyware components in its equipment.
Should we also be vigilant for his smartphone?
Yes and all the applications set on it. For example, if you are using the Chinese application, WeChat, knows that you can copy all the data, your contacts, your photos, your messages to its Chinese based servers, and every time knows where you are. You'll tell me the same as American apps. Yes, except that weChat, as a Chinese company, keep all of these data on the disposal of Chinese authorities: it is written in black and white under the conditions of the service. They have no choice. In short, we are already being considered permanent and in this case we are seen to benefit the state of the police. Therefore, the alarm by US authorities: what worries is Huawei or ZTE, the leading Chinese supplier of other telecommunications equipment, is that spyware capabilities spread in the middle of the networks. If Americans, who do not finally spy on this way, look after it, it's because the threat is really.