China Bans Samsung Devices for Chinese Officials
Awhile back, Apple products were banned for all government officials in China. China is under the impression the American government is using Apple devices to spy and obtain the country’s secrets. This all started when the National Security Agency (NSA) was caught spying on Huawei who is one of China’s largest manufacturers. The NSA hacked into the company and monitored the communications of Huawei’s executives according to Edward Snowden.
Now, Samsung has been banned as well because of the same security worries from China. Huawei will officially hence, become the mobile device provider for all Chinese official and state workers. The list of banned tech companies grows longer but it seems that the government may have an ulterior motive. Some speculation is stating that the government wants to increase the development of the country’s own local manufacturers i.e. Huawei.
However, even its own local companies are being accused of breaching national securities elsewhere. XiaoMi is currently being investigated by the Taiwanese government for threats to national security. Previously, proof was found by a Finnish security company that XiaoMi was collecting address book data without user’s permission and sending copies back to Chinese servers. This issue is still on going and the results of the investigation should be made available to the public soon.
Source: Android Authority