Coincidentally, I bought myself a Huawei phone the other day. I remarked at the time that it was the first Chinese brand item I’d ever purchased, and wondered how long it’d be before the majority of my luxury consumer purchases were Chinese brands. It’s an impressive product, so-far. $150 for a smart-phone running Android 2.2.
Ah, but maybe the price is so low because I’m paying an external cost in compromised data security. If Huawei installed a back-door onto the OS of the phone it could access my Twitter and Facebook accounts. It could like things on my behalf without my knowledge!
Maybe I’ve been overwhelmed by brand-loyalty here, but the fears around Huawei winning the bid for the ultra-fast broadband network sound like bullshit to me. Consumer broadband is not a secure or strategic piece of infrastructure, and it’s subject to security audits. If Huawei did install back-doors in the products and they started showing up in those audits, the company would lose all its international business overnight.
It doesn’t make a lot of sense. The Greens’ scare-mongering over this makes me wonder how principled their stand on the Crafer farms sale really was – did they genuinely act out of principle, or was xenophobia a motivating factor?