The Chinese tech giant, Huawei, announced its plan to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Government this week after it placed massive restrictions against the products in the U.S. under claim that the company is a threat to national security. As of right now, all Huawei products are banned in the U.S. to both consumers and government workers. The company claims that the U.S. Government has yet to find substantial evidence to suggest that Huawei poses any sort of threat.
Huawei is one of the biggest mobile phone companies in the world. Anyone in the U.S. would probably give you a questionable look if you asked whether or not they’re familiar with the products. The Chinese-based company has been banned in the U.S. for years now, and Huawei is finally done with it. The company is sanctioned by the Chinese Government. This means that any information obtained through the devices may pose a security risk if the government were to ask for the information. Huawei has yet to do this, supposedly. But the U.S., among other countries, are taking no risks when it comes to keeping secrets against China.
Aside from that, the company’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou is currently under investigation for potentially taking part in the sale of U.S. tech products to the Iranian Government. The CFO was arrested a couple of months ago in Canada after a warrant for her arrest in the U.S. was put out. Wanzhou faces extradition to the U.S. if her charges are found to have any sort of truth to them. The CFO is still in detention in Canada. The situation continues to fuel the fire between the U.S. and China regarding the current trade war.
Huawei’s CFO remains in custody of the Canadian Government for now. In the meantime, Huawei is at work filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Government for its ban of its mobile devices. The lawsuit targets the National Defense Authorization Act. The act allows the government to ban the mobile phones if they’re thought to risk things like national security. A specific section (section 889) went into effect when it was signed in by President Trump in August. The section explicitly states that no Huawei phone can be sold within the United States to any federal agencies or contractors.
The products have been banned for years. Huawei has had to battle a lot of negative press involved with being banned in a country as economically powerful as the United States. Campaigns for the products read “don’t believe everything you hear” in the Wall Street Journal. Other countries, like New Zealand, have followed suit in the wake of the ban. The company feels that the ban should be lifted. It feels this way because the U.S. has failed to provide any substantial proof in its claim.
Julia Sachs is a staff writer at Grit Daily. She covers tech, entrepreneurship and entertainment news and is based in Park City, Utah.