Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei said that it was ready to apply to court and also to seek international arbitration over the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NCISA)'s claims that Huawei's devices and technologies jeopardized the country's security
PRAGUE (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 08th February, 2019) Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei said that it was ready to apply to court and also to seek international arbitration over the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NCISA)'s claims that Huawei's devices and technologies jeopardized the country's security.
Huawei leadership has reportedly sent a warning letter to NCISA Director Dusan Navratil and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
"Having received a warning from the NCISA that using Huawei technologies was dangerous, the company is ready to defend its interests in court and through international arbitrage," the letter, posted on the website of the Denik N newspaper, read.
Huawei has also stressed that it had not been instructed to install spying programs or the so-called backdoor algorithms, enabling exterior parties' access, on its devices.
It called on NCISA to cancel its warning or change it until February 14, stressing that in other case Huawei could challenge NCISA's "illegal meddling" in court and even request it to pay the damages.
In December, Navratil warned mobile networks against cooperating with Huawei and ZTE, another Chinese tech giant, citing their alleged affiliation with Chinese security services. In January, Babis said that the Czech government had instructed the authorities to analyze the risks related to the use of computer software produced by the two Chinese companies. Babis said that the checks would affect 160 leading government agencies, as well as private and state-run companies. However, according to Babis, NCISA's statement had been unexpected for the government and lacked evidence.
Later in January, Czech President Milos Zeman slammed Navratil for deceiving the government and voiced the belief that the situation was part of a trade war. He also pledged to "try to settle the situation" during his visit to China, slated for April.
Huawei has recently faced allegations that it was linked to the Chinese government. Last year, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States have banned the Chinese telecommunications giant from participating in government contracts.