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This article was published on October 18, 2013

Chinese company Huawei says it has never been asked by governments for customer data

Chinese company Huawei says it has never been asked by governments for customer data Image by: AFP/Getty Images
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Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in touch via Twitter or Google+.

HuaweiWell, well. Chinese tech giant Huawei has released a report that claims it has never been asked to provide information about a citizen to any government, the Associated Press reports (via Asian Correspondent).

This is in stark difference to American Internet giants including YahooFacebook and Twitter, which have all had governments knocking on their door to request for user data.

The fact that Huawei isn’t providing any information about citizens to governmental bodies could be interpreted as reassurance to customers that they can trust the Chinese company, but it still doesn’t allay concerns that authorities could have backdoor access to data they could possibly want.

Headline image via Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images