Huawei denies helping the Algerian government in spying on opponents

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — China Telecom (Huawei) on Friday denied the validity of a report by a Western newspaper to help employees of the Algerian government in spying on political opponents.

“Some Algerian media on Wednesday published an article from the Wall Street Journal, indicating that Huawei employees used safe city solutions (smart camera surveillance system to protect people and property) to help governments,” the company said in a statement received by Anatolia. Algerian, Ugandan and Zambian to spy on political opponents.”

The statement added: “Huawei wants to clarify the situation and condemn all these baseless accusations.”

“Huawei completely rejects the unfounded and unconfirmed Wall Street Journal allegations against its business activities in Algeria, Uganda and Zambia.”

The company ‘s code of conduct “prohibits any employee from engaging in any activity that would endanger the data or privacy of its customers or end users, or violate applicable laws.”

“Huawei is committed to local laws and regulations in all markets where it operates and will vigorously defend its reputation against these unfounded allegations,” she said.

Huawei has been in Algeria since 2006 and has signed deals with the country’s three mobile operators, as well as the government landline and internet operator.

The company is also cooperating with the ministries of “Higher Education and Scientific Research” and “Post and Telecommunication” in Algeria through training programs in particular.

On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal published an investigation that included accusations by Huawei technicians of helping African governments, including Algeria, Uganda and Zambia, spy on political opponents.

But the investigation did not reveal any evidence that Huawei, on behalf of China, spied on those opponents. He also did not find that the executives of the Chinese company knew or approved the activities.

Since 2012, the US government has accused Huawei of being a potential tool for the Beijing government to spy abroad, but the Chinese firm has vehemently denied the charges.

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