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Belgium sees Chinese smartphones as a spying risk, report says – The Straits Times

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BRUSSELS (BLOOMBERG) – Chinese phone makers such as Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi may pose an espionage risk for users, Belgian Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne warned in comments reported by Le Soir.

“Given the legal context in which Chinese smartphone producers operate, there is a risk that data contained on these smartphones could be exposed to espionage or at least an unwanted transfer to Chinese authorities,” Van Quickenborne said in a formal response to a Belgian lawmaker obtained by the newspaper.

Le Soir said the minister was referring to Chinese legislation that requires companies to store data on Chinese servers and give Chinese authorities the right to access IT systems. His comments were prompted by a Lithuanian study on the cybersecurity of Chinese devices.

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Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/belgium-sees-chinese-smartphones-as-a-spying-risk-report-says

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