BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei said in a report Friday on cybersecurity that it never has been asked to provide information about a citizen to any government.
Huawei Technologies Ltd. has spent recent years trying to allay fears in the United States and some other countries that it is controlled by China's Communist Party or might be a security risk. Its statement Friday that it doesn't aid official information-gathering follows an outcry over disclosures about the role of Internet and telecoms companies in sweeping U.S. government surveillance.
"We have never been asked to provide access to our technology, or provide any data or information on any citizen or organization to any government," said Huawei's deputy chairman, Ken Hu, in a foreword to the report.
The report, written by a Huawei executive who is a former British official, calls for companies and regulators to cooperate in setting global standards and for customers to press suppliers to improve security.
"The challenge is that we are producing too much guidance, too many frameworks, too many policies, but not really coalescing around the small number of things that make the biggest difference," said John Suffolk, the company's cyber security officer. He spoke by phone from Seoul, where he was attending an industry conference, Seoul Cyber 2013.
Huawei, founded by a former Chinese military engineer in 1987, has grown to become the world's second-largest supplier of telecoms network gear after Sweden's LM Ericsson. The company reported earlier its 2012 profit rose 33 percent over the previous year to 15.4 billion yuan ($2.4 billion) on sales of 220.2 billion yuan ($34.9 billion).
Huawei says it is owned by its employees and denies being controlled by China's ruling Communist Party or military. Suspicions about its activities have slowed its expansion in the United States and it was barred from bidding for a role in an Australian broadband network.
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