COMMENTARY: Tom Ridge — Former Homeland Security Chief: Change in UK prime minister should lead to change in policy on Huawei

In a recent interview by Yahoo Finance UK, Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge discusses the implications of Huawei in the UK’s 5G plan. Ridge warns of security concerns for the country itself and highlights how its decision could affect international relations. 

“Ridge continued that allowing Huawei into the UK “would alter information sharing, it would be more cumbersome. This change in government will hopefully bring about a change in policy.”

The US, as well as a number of other countries and agencies, have continually pointed out Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government as well as emphasising China’s National Intelligence Law that says organisations must “support, co-operate with and collaborate in national intelligence work.”

Since then, the US, Australia and New Zealand, has barred local firms from using Huawei to provide the technology for their 5G networks.

It is still unclear what Britain’s official policy is over Huawei. So much so, that a group of major UK mobile operators wrote a letter to the government’s cabinet secretary Mark Sedwill to urge Whitehall to clarify its position over Chinese tech giant Huawei…”

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