Huawei reportedly preparing to sue US government2019-03-04 15:56 by Daniela
Huawei plans to sue the US government for banning federal agencies from using its technology, according to a new report. The suit is reportedly set to be filed in the Eastern District of Texas — the location of Huawei's U.S. headquarters.
The U.S. and other Five Eyes nations have alleged since at least 2012 that Huawei poses a national security threat to the west, especially if it's allowed to build critical 5G infrastructure around the world. But the national security concerns that have been so far leveled by American intelligence agencies have largely been hypothetical. Any potential specifics on how the Chinese government would use Huawei to make Americans less safe have only been uttered behind closed doors.
It is unclear whether Huawei's lawsuit will be specific to its telecommunication technologies, or whether it will extend to Huawei's smartphones as well, such as the Mate 20 Pro and the upcoming P30 Pro. These smartphones have been banned for use by the US military and are difficult to buy in the United States since few US carriers have been willing to carry them.
This isn't the first time a tech company has sued the US. In 2017, federal agencies banned the use of Kaspersky software due to suspicion that it was sending intelligence back to the Russian government. A subsequent lawsuit by Kaspersky was dismissed, with the judge stating that banning Kaspersky was a "prophylactic, not punitive" measure, and called it a "reasonable and balanced response." Given the similar circumstances, it's possible Huawei's lawsuit will suffer the same fate.
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