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Huawei Open to Addressing US Security Concerns

Purdy, however, asserted that the American restrictions won’t impact its global footprint

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FILE - A staff member stands in front of a Huawei shop in Beijing, China, March 7, 2019. VOA

Facing a ban on doing business with American suppliers, Chinese telecom giant Huawei has said that it is still open to addressing US security concerns.

US President Donald Trump this week moved to ban American telecom firms from installing foreign-made equipment that could pose a threat to national security amid US-China trade war.

And in a clear strike against Huawei, the Commerce Department separately announced on Wednesday that it had placed Huawei and its dozens of affiliates on a list of firms deemed a risk to national security.

While Huawei has asserted that the decision by the Trump administration to put restrictions on its activities in the US will only harm the interests of American companies and consumers, the company’s US Chief Security Officer Andy Purdy told Yahoo Finance the company remained open to addressing the US security concerns.

“We hope that we will be given the opportunity to talk to the US government about what kinds of risk-mitigation measures that can be put in place that will make America safer and allow us to do business and maintain the jobs of our customers,” Purdy was quoted as saying.

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FILE – The logos of Huawei are displayed at it retail shop window reflecting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing, Jan. 29, 2019. VOA

Huawei relies on American suppliers such as Qualcomm, Intel and Oracle for semiconductors and software and restrictions on buying from them could result in product delays for telecommunications equipment more widely used in regions such as Europe, the report said.

Purdy, however, asserted that the American restrictions won’t impact its global footprint.

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“We will be able to maintain our operations globally,” Purdy was quoted as saying.

“Whether we can do it in exactly the same way, I can’t assure that.” (IANS)

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US Government Begins Probe into Google Over its Labour Practices

"Four of our colleagues took a stand and organised for a better workplace. This is explicitly condoned in Google's Code of Conduct, which ends: 'And remember... don't be evil, and if you see something that you think isn't right -- speak up.' When they did, Google retaliated against them," the employee activist group wrote in the blog post

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The US government has launched a probe into Google over its labour practices following a complaint from four employees who have been fired by the tech giant.

The four workers who filed a lawsuit against the company last week, claimed they were fired from Google for engaging in legally protected labour organizing, reports CNN Business.

The National Labor Relations Board has begun a formal probe into the complaint.

The tech giant has been accused of “union busting” and retaliatory behaviour after it sacked four employees for allegedly violating the company’s data security policies.

In a statement, Google said it dismissed four individuals who were engaged in intentional and often repeated violations of its longstanding data security policies.

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US begins probe into Google’s labour practices. Pixabay

“No one has been dismissed for raising concerns or debating the company’s activities,” said the company on Monday.

Google is in the midst of controversy over its strained relationship with employees.

In an earlier blog post on Medium, an employee activist group, “Google Walkout for Real Change”, said that the company is illegally retaliating against prospective union organisers.

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“Four of our colleagues took a stand and organised for a better workplace. This is explicitly condoned in Google’s Code of Conduct, which ends: ‘And remember… don’t be evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t right — speak up.’ When they did, Google retaliated against them,” the employee activist group wrote in the blog post.

The new CEO of Alphabet Sundar Pichai faces extreme challenges as Google stares at several high-profile external probes into its alleged anti-trust market and data practices — from the US to the European Union regulators — including internal tensions with staff over discrimination at work and HR transparency. (IANS)