Countries draft 5G security proposals as US warns of Huawei threat
Last Friday, security experts from the US, the EU, Japan, South Korea and dozens of other countries met in Prague to discuss security guidelines that parties ought to follow while setting up their 5G networks. The attending parties agreed on a serious of nonbinding guidelines dubbed the ‘Prague Proposals,’ which state that “[t]he overall risk of influence on a supplier by a third country should be taken into account” and that “risk assessments of supplier’s products should take into account all relevant factors, including applicable legal environment and other aspects of supplier’s ecosystem.”
While the proposals do not identify specific countries and suppliers, they may have consequences for Huawei, since the Chinese tech giant has been boycotted by the US over security concerns. The US is pushing its allies to follow its example in order to prevent Huawei from providing the Chinese government with access to the data and systems of foreign governments. Both Huawei and the Chinese government have consistently denied allegations of cyber espionage.