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In Order to Close Deals, Huawei Promises It Won't Spy

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Sep 5, 2012, 7:10 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei has issued a report calling for global cooperation in creating a set of legal and technical standards for security. Huawei didn't suggest any specific measures, but said it will work with the International Telecommunication Union , 3GPP, and others to create industry-wide standards. The report is the latest move by Huawei to ease fears that it will be used by the Chinese government to spy in the U.S. Such fears have prevented Huawei from winning certain business deals in the U.S. over the past few years. In 2011, Huawei had to abandon its attempt to purchase 3Leaf Systems, as it was never able to win U.S. regulatory approval for the acquisition. Huawei also went so far as to pledge it wouldn't partake in what it deemed to be illegal activities. "We have never damaged any nation or had the intent to steal any national intelligence, enterprise secrets or breach personal privacy and we will never support or tolerate such activities, nor will we support any entity from any country who may wish us to undertake an activity that would be deemed illegal in any country," said Huawei in the report. Huawei also denied that it has been asked by the Chinese government to spy on foreign companies or countries. Though Huawei has been stymied from making certain telecommunications deals, it continues to sell cellular phones in the U.S.

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