In this Dec. 4, 2017, photo, people walk by Google offices in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (Copyright 2017, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
(Copyright 2017, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Google is faced with the pressure of the five U.S. legislators to drop a partnership with China’s Huawei Technologies on the progress of the collaboration is a national security threat.
On Wednesday, the lawmakers sent a letter to the CEO of a company, Sundar Pichai about the “strategic partnership” with Huawei, a clear reference to a Google agreement for the roll-out of next generation, the SMS technology with the name RCS with the Chinese company.
“Chinese telecommunications companies, such as Huawei, have a lot of ties with the Chinese Communist y,” the letter says. “As a result of the collaboration between Google and Huawei may pose a serious risk for U.S. national security and the American consumer.”
Wednesday’s letter was signed by senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and representatives Mike Conway (R-Texas), Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland).
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In January, Huawei announced the collaboration with Google to integrate Android Messages, and RCS messages on Huawei products such as smartphones. In addition, Huawei, and Google to collaborate on the acceleration of RCS approval for wireless carriers all over the world.
However, officials are worried about the Chinese company’s growing reach. A major concern is that the Chinese government can force the secret of Huawei to help spy on the Americans. In 2012, a Congressional committee declared Huawei a security threat, even if there is no direct evidence of cyberespionage was ever presented; legislators conclusion that the danger was more about the possibilities for espionage and sabotage.
In the past few months, OUR resistance to Huawei is ramping up. In January, officials, reportedly under pressure from both AT&T and Verizon to cancel plans to sell a phone of the Chinese company. In March, the FCC also proposed a measure to discourage US wireless carriers of the establishment of Huawei ‘ s network technology.
Wednesday letter to Google urging the tech giant to reconsider cooperation with Huawei. How far the lawmakers want the tech giant to engage in the breaking of that relationship was not entirely clear. But in their letter, the lawmakers also note that Google recently decided to end its involvement in a Pentagon-AI-project.
“While we regret that Google does not want to continue a long and fruitful tradition of cooperation between the military and technology companies, we are even more disappointed that Google apparently is more willing to support the Chinese Communist y than the AMERICAN army,” the letter added.
Google told PCMag the plans for the approach of the legislators questions about the Huawei. “Like many AMERICAN companies, we have agreements with dozens of oems around the world, including Huawei,” the company added. “We have no special access to Google user data in the framework of these agreements, and our agreements are privacy and security for the user’s data.”
So far, Huawei has not yet responded to the letter. However, the company has repeatedly denied the accusations of espionage.
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.