Huawei will ‘compromise the privacy of Australian citizens’

Published on February 18, 2020 by

Former Labor Senator Stephen Conroy says “it is not possible to mitigate the risk of China’s ability to penetrate, spy and survey on a network that is built with Chinese kit”.

Huawei have commenced a national tour holding public forums in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra.

The purpose of the talks is to allow ordinary Australians make up their own minds about whether the company should be allowed into the nations 5G network.

Mr Conroy said “article seven of the national intelligence act of China compels and requires by law that Chinese citizens and Chinese companies must follow directives from Chinese intelligence agencies”.

While Huawei have assured Australians “they will defy the Chinese government,” Mr Conroy described a recent interview of a senior Huawei official as an absolute “train wreck”.

The “value placed on citizens privacy” should outweigh the “economic argument” presented by Huawei concerning the cost effective nature of its 5G network, Mr Conroy said.

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