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Google partnership with Huawei worrying US lawmakers

Google partnership with Huawei worrying US lawmakers

The scrutiny over Chinese phone maker Huawei stays to intensify.

US lawmakers on Wednesday sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai expressing affects regarding Huawei’s ties with the Chinese government. The lawmakers said the strategic partnership between Google and Huawei on binary messaging, announced in January, poses serious threats to US resident security and consumers.

The letter also addressed Google’s current refusal to renew a research partnership, Project Maven, with the Region of Defense. The project used artificial intelligence to improve the accuracy of US army targeting such as drone strikes. Google’s participation in the project elicited a tidy backlash over its involvement in the project.

“We urge you to appraise Google’s partnership with Huawei, particularly since your company recently refused to renew a key research partnership, Project Maven, with the Department of Defense,” the letter said. “While we regret that Google did not want to finish a long and fruitful tradition of collaboration between the army and technology companies, we are even more disappointed that Google apparently is more willing to befriend the Chinese Communist Party than the US military.”

The letter is the spanking hammer to drop on Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE, which have both long dealt with defense concerns regarding their ties to the Communist Party. AT&T and Verizon both dropped plans to sell Huawei phones while government pressure, and ZTE faced a ban preventing US businesses to work with it pending President Donald Trump intervened. US intelligence officials have warned concerns about the security of their products.

The signees entailed Republicans, Sen. Tom Cotton, Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. K. Michael Conaway, and Democratic Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger.

“Congress is considering a number of bipartisan measures to address the warning posed by Huawei,” lawmakers wrote in the letter. “Over the coming months, the federal government will likely take further measures to defending US telecommunications networks from Huawei and companies like it.”

Google said it looks advance to responding to the lawmakers’ questions.

“Like many US affects, we have agreements with dozens of OEMs around the humankind, including Huawei,” a Google representative said. “We do not did special access to Google user data as part of these agreements, and our agreements include privacy and security protections for user data.”

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