Controversy Amidst Tech Giant
Recently, a Chinese tech company by the name of Huawei has come under even more controversy as security officials from the United Kingdom claim that Huawei phones could pose a risk to national security. In terms of everyday electronics, Huawei is known for its smartphones and laptops. Although not popular in the United States, Huawei is extremely popular in other countries - and the company itself is very successful. The main reason they are not popular in the United States is because of statements in February by US intelligence chiefs discouraging citizens from using Huawei’s gadgets. Their reasoning was that it is not safe to trust a company attached to a foreign government. Using their phones allows Huawei to gain power in our telecommunications infrastructure, which allows them to modify or steal information. After these statements came out, Huawei phones became locked out of the USA, as stores stopped selling them. One of their most recent smartphones, the P20 Pro, is actually very highly acclaimed, and reviews show that it is comparable to the Samsung S9 and Google Pixel 2, if not better.
Source: NDTV Gadgets (gadgets.ndtv.com)
While Huawei phones are somewhat common in the United Kingdom, they may not be for long. As stated earlier, security officials in the UK say that Huawei phones may not be completely safe for national security. A recent report showed that “Huawei’s engineering processes have exposed new risks in the UK telecommunication networks”, meaning that Huawei has posed risks in the telecommunication networks of the UK. In response to this, a Huawei spokesperson stated that they will work on improving their engineering processes. In another year, another report will show any new findings. It will be interesting to see if any stores or phone providers in the UK will stop selling Huawei phones, or if the nation will not take any precautions prohibiting the sales of these devices. If this does turn out to be more serious, we could see huge declines in Huawei’s success. For now, however, while Huawei has good phones, its best to stay away from them.
Source: Huawei (huawei.com)
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