Are foreign tech firms really a threat?

Are foreign tech firms really a threat?

There’s no denying that the technology industry is rapidly evolving. And as a result, the companies that operate within this lucrative sector are also growing. From Apple to Samsung, the tech elite have billions of dollars at their disposal and are becoming ever more powerful.

With all this power, they’re capable of exerting their dominance and influencing countries around the world. But while high-growth technology companies are contributing massive amounts of money to global economies, some people fear that these firms pose a security risk to critical infrastructure systems.

The United States is an example of a country that has slammed foreign technology companies in recent times. Recently, American lawmakers ordered telco AT&T to sever its ties with Huawei over fears that the Chinese mobile phone maker is simply becoming too powerful. They believe that the firm poses a grave threat to national security.

Apple and China tech news stories could have wider implications, not just for IT buyers, but the global economy. Could Huawei smartphone deal fail spell full-blown Sino-US trade war?

This isn’t exactly a product of the Trump administration, though. Even when Barack Obama was in power, America had its concerns with Chinese tech firms. In fact, in 2012, US authorities investigated ZTE and Huawei over alleged espionage connections. The question is, are government and security organizations right to fear these companies?

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Nicholas Fearn

Nicholas is a technology journalist from the Welsh valleys. He's written for a plethora of respected media sources, including The Next Web, Techradar, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, TrustedReviews, Alphr, TechWeekEurope and Mail Online, and edits Wales's leading tech publication. When he's not geeking out over Game of Thrones, he's investigating ways tech can change our lives in many different ways.

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