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Canada should not do business with China's Huawei Technologies: Queen's University expert

2012-10-12

Queen’s University computer and Internet security expert David Skillicorn can comment on a U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee report that recommends U.S. telecommunications operators not to do business with China’s top telecom gear makers because potential Chinese state influence on the companies poses a security threat.

Dr. Skillicorn, a professor in the Queen’s School of Computing, noted other governments, such as Australia, have made similar recommendations about China’s Huawei Technologies. However, Canada investigated the issue and had a different finding.

“I think the Americans have it right and the Canadian government should revisit their decision. The Canada government made this assessment a few months ago and they decided not to ban Huawei Technologies. The Harper government is putting Canadian telecommunications companies at risk. We shouldn’t be rolling out the red carpet for this company,” says Dr. Skillicorn.

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