China's Huawei Technologies Ltd. has been trying to dispel fears that the company is controlled by China's Communist Party or might be a security risk. It has released a cybersecurity report stating that no government has ever asked information about its customer data.
Huawei was founded by a former Chinese military engineer in 1987 and since then has established itself as the world's second-largest supplier of telecoms network gear. The company has reported a profit of 33 percent over the previous year of $2.4 billion on sales of $34.9 billion.
The company has released a report following an outcry over disclosures about the role of Internet and telecoms companies in sweeping U.S. government surveillance. The report, is written by a Huawei executive who is a former British official and asks companies and regulators to cooperate in setting global standards and for customers to press suppliers to improve security.
Huawei has faced suspicions about its activities and has been barred from bidding in an Australian broadband network. The company stated that it is owned by its employees and denies being controlled by China's ruling Communist Party or military.
"We have never been asked to provide access to our technology, or provide any data or information on any citizen or organization to any government," said Huawei's deputy chairman, Ken Hu, in a foreword to the report.
John Suffolk, Huawei's cyber security officer stated, "The challenge is that we are producing too much guidance, too many frameworks, too many policies, but not really coalescing around the small number of things that make the biggest difference."
Source: ABC News