Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies has denied its role in supporting China’s state surveillance, according to The Washington Post’s report on Dec. 14.
They claimed that they only sell multi-purpose networking equipment.
However, according to The Post’s study of more than 100 Huawei PowerPoint highly–classified presentations, Huawei products do indeed allow spying on civilians. They have an impact far beyond what has been confirmed before.
The Washington Post pointed out that these promotional presentations were initially posted publicly as a marketing introduction on Huawei’s website, but they were removed in 2020.
Through the presentation, Huawei demonstrated how its technology could help authorities identify individuals by voice and help retailers track shoppers with facial recognition.
The technology can even manage ideological re-education and work schedules for prisoners.
In this investigative interview, the Washington Post reviewed a total of 3,000 PowerPoint slides related to a surveillance device project jointly developed by Huawei and partner manufacturers.
The Washington Post could not confirm to whom or when the Chinese presentations were shown.
Several slides introduced surveillance functions specific to the police or government agencies, suggesting that Chinese government agencies could be the intended clients.
Many PowerPoints were created on September 23rd, 2014, with the latest modifications to the file made in 2019 or 2020.
Each of the five presentations featured a final slide stating “Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.” copyright, ranging from 2016 to 2018.
Huawei replied after The Washington Post shared several slides with Huawei representatives requesting comments that,
“Huawei has no knowledge of the projects mentioned in the Washington Post report. Like all other major service providers, Huawei provides cloud platform services that comply with common industry standards.”
Due to concerns that the company could assist Beijing in intelligence gathering, some Western governments have blocked Huawei equipment from their new 5G telecommunications networks.
The new details about Huawei’s surveillance products come amid growing concerns in China and worldwide about the consequences of facial recognition and other biometric trackings.