German intelligence warns in opposition to giving information to Chinese tech companies

Berlin, July 9

Germany’s home intelligence company is warning customers that non-public information they supply to Chinese fee firms or different tech companies may find yourself within the palms of China’s authorities.

In its annual report launched Thursday, the BfV company famous that Chinese authorities workplaces have entry to information saved in China by firms equivalent to Tencent, Alibaba “as well as other apps, web services and mobility providers such as for example (bike sharing) providers” that function in Germany.

The head of the BfV, Thomas Haldenwang, stated German’s information is not secure with Chinese firms as a result of they have been required by regulation to offer the info to their authorities.

“Any customer here in Germany who uses such a system shouldn’t be surprised if this data is abused in Beijing,” he advised reporters. “We can only warn against this.”

Germany’s high safety official additionally expressed concern about what he known as the “hybrid threat” from China, which included the acquisition of key German firms.

“When it involves crucial infrastructure, within the vitality provide or now with 5G strains, we now have to contemplate how we will shield ourselves,” stated Horst Seehofer, Germany’s inside minister.

Seehofer added that Germany has but to succeed in a “political decision” on whether or not to let Chinese telecom tools firm Huawei provide infrastructure to German cell-phone service suppliers. AP 

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