While the US – China trade war is still at large, on and the race for 5G (which China has already won, if we are to be honest), Spain’s Ministry of Defense has banned the use of all Huawei devices from accessing its data servers (including employee emails), according to a report from La Informacion.
Even though the Ministry is banning Huawei devices from specifically having access to sensitive information, it is not banning the use of Huawei devices for consumers. Members of the Ministry of Defense are still allowed to use their personal Huawei devices, but must ensure they use other devices to access data from the Ministry’s servers, including emails. Workers that are still using Huawei devices to access the server must ‘immediately disconnect’.
There’s no information about what could have been the cause of the ban, but with the US long accusing Huawei of espionage of users’ private data, we can only assume such for Spain’s actions. Huawei has previously refuted these claims and even announced that it was dragged the United States Government to court for the unconstitutional ban of its hardware without due process.
A Huawei spokesperson told La Informacion that although Huawei has done business with more than 170 countries that it operates in within the last 30 years, it has never had a cyber-security related incident. “[Security] is the highest priority for the company” – translated from Spanish.
Although the Huawei Mate 30 Pro remains without support of Google Services, Huawei managed to hold its number 2 position in smartphone shipments for Europe in Q3 and is keeps growing globally, but especially in China.