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Why the Huawei ban is bad for security

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Many believe the ban on exporting U.S. technology to Chinese company Huawei could hurt American tech vendors and do little to mitigate supply chain threats.

Last week, Google reportedly warned the Trump Administration that its current ban on exports to Huawei might actually jeopardize national security by forcing Huawei to create an insecure fork of its Android operating system, according to the Financial Times.

That ban was imposed as part of a Commerce Department effort announced in mid-May which placed the Chinese telecom and tech giant on a U.S. export blacklist, the “entity list,” for its purported efforts to spy on behalf of the Chinese government. Two other companies — the telecom giant ZTE and a memory chip maker, Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit — were also placed on the list and the administration is now reportedly considering adding video surveillance company HikVision to it.

Two days before Google’s reported warning was made public, the Washington Post released the results of a survey of 100 cybersecurity experts from government, academia and the private sector who mostly concluded that the ban would only end up hurting U.S. tech companies and further diminish U.S. influence over the security of new products. One of the experts, former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos, now a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University, said that the ban could cause China to “emerge as the indispensable nation in consumer technology.”

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