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US lawmakers ask Google to reconsider Huawei partnership

According to the lawmakers Google has also refused to work with the US millitary on Project Maven.

  • Updated: June 22, 2018 9:36 AM IST

Google has drawn some unwanted attention from the US legislators over its partnership with Chinese telecom giant Huawei. According to the US intelligence agencies Huawei smartphones are not the most secure and could pose serious threat to the country’s national security. And in light of these claims, the US Senate as well as the House has sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, asking him to reconsider working with Huawei, the company that made Google’s Nexus 6P smartphone.

“Chinese telecommunications companies, such as Huawei, have extensive ties with the Chinese Communist Party. As a result, this partnership between Google and Huawei could pose a serious risk to U.S. national security and American consumers,” said the letter.

This letter that Pichai received had been signed by Senators Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio, along with Congress members Mike Conway, Liz Cheney and Dutch Ruppersberger, as part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

According to the letter that the legislators sent, Google had recently refused to work with the US Military on Project Maven which is an AI system that is supposed to improve the US Military drones.

The letter said, “While we regret that Google did not want to continue a long and fruitful tradition of collaboration between the military and technology companies. We are even more disappointed that Google apparently is more willing to support the Chinese Communist Party than the U.S. military.”

Huawei is not the only Chinese tech company to come under the radar of the US intelligence agencies. ZTE was also in a soup and was finally rescued when President Donald Trump intervened.

  • Published Date: June 22, 2018 9:28 AM IST
  • Updated Date: June 22, 2018 9:36 AM IST