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Monday, April 18, 2011

U.A.E. snoops email? Huawei more transparent?

Interesting WSJ story today (p. B3) on the United Arab Emirates curbs on secure email. While they "didn't give a reason for [the] decision," it seems obvious that all Middle Eastern unsecured email is being read by increasingly nervous governments.

On the same page as the above story in today's WSJ, Chinese Huawei "…for the first time—provided a list of its board members…" The WSJ also pointed out that founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has "never granted an interview with international media." How dare we be suspicious of this company's "close ties to the Chinese government…?" Announcing the names of their board is a far cry from transparency. Paraphrasing a line from the movie Top Gun, "I'm not getting that loving feeling, yet."

On April 5th I opined that Huawei had made a "smart move" in their partnership with Symantec. I did not mean to imply that they didn't have a long way to go.

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