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Huawei Policy: Why India Must Chart Its Own Path

Rahul Sharma, Founder of The Perspective, on Weighing the Risks
Huawei Policy: Why India Must Chart Its Own Path
Rahul Sharma, founder, The Perspective

India must chart its own path in deciding whether to allow Chinese telecom company Huawei to participate in 5G network trials, rather than automatically following in the footsteps of other nations that have banned the firm's technologies, says Rahul Sharma, founder of The Perspective, a consultancy specializing in data policy and privacy.

Huawei has offered the Indian government a "no backdoor" agreement in hopes of winning support for using its technology in building 5G service.

"I think it is important for the government to chart its own path on how they want to deal with this matter," rather than following the lead of the U.S. and other nations that have banned use of the company's technology for fear of potential spying by the Chinese government, he says.

In an interview with Information Security Media Group, Sharma says that if the government eventually decides to allow Huawei to participate in India's 5G trials, it should take steps to minimize risks.

In this interview (see audio link below picture), Sharma also discusses:

  • What security precautions India can take if it decides to go ahead with Huawei;
  • Whether other companies should make a "no backdoor" pledge;
  • Huawei's growth strategy over the years.

Sharma is the founder of The Perspective, a consultancy specializing in data policy and privacy. He has more than a decade of experience working in technology, public policy, cybersecurity and privacy. He is also the country leader in India for the International Association of Privacy Professionals.




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