It has been alleged time and again that Huawei’s products enable the Chinese government to spy on unsuspecting users. The United States has effectively banned Huawei’s network communication equipment from the country while it has also pressed its allies to follow suit. Huawei has always maintained that it doesn’t have a backdoor in its products for China and this has once again been reiterated by Ren Zhengfei, the reclusive founder of one of China’s biggest companies.
Zhengfei’s daughter Meng Wanzhour, who happens to be Huawei’s chief financial officer, was detailed by Canadian authorities last month on the request of the United States. It’s alleged that she misled banks about Huawei’s control of a firm that was operating in Iran and was thus in violation of U.S. sanctions.
The Financial Times reports that Zhengfei said Huawei has “never received any request from any government to provide improper information.” Despite founding the company back in 1987, he normally keeps a low profile. He does own 1.14 percent of Huawei’s shares.
Huawei has confirmed that its founder’s comments on this matter are accurate. The company has always said that no evidence against it has been made public which could support allegations of enabling the Chinese government to spy through its products. The company’s founder added that “no law in China requires any company to install mandatory backdoors.”