Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei Monday said it is ready to sign “no back door” agreement with the Indian Government to discourage espionage, and other companies should also follow suit.
Huawei’s business engagement in India is under scrutiny by the Government after the US restricted hardware as well as software supplies to it.
“We are proposing to the Indian government that we are ready to sign ’no back door’ agreement. We encourage other OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) also to sign this kind of agreement with the government and telecom operators,” Huawei India Chief Executive Officer Jay Chen told PTI.
“Back door” in technology products refers to arrangement with government or with any third party to share customers’ data in an unauthorised manner with mala fide intention.
The telecom department had come up with security guidelines in 2011 that mandated telecom operators to install certified equipment and devices in their network to ensure they are free from malicious softwares or bug.
It proposed hefty penalties on telecom companies for failing to ensure compliance to the law. However, the government is yet to set up labs to examine security issues in telecom gears and products. The US Government has alleged that law in China warrants its companies to share data with country’s intelligence for national security.
Chen said that Huawei has conducted research on Chinese law on its own and with the help of big legal firms based in the US, UK and Australia.
“They did some comparison. The Chinese intelligence law says that citizens and companies are supposed to cooperate if there is some national security threat but they never asked to share data or cooperate for state spying. Similar laws exist in the US, UK, Australia and India too,” Chen said.