The US Congress may soon ask Google for in-depth explanations on the collaboration between the group and the Chinese producer.
After focusing on Facebook activity and having subjected Mark Zuckerberg to a dense series of questions, the US Congress seems to have targeted Google. In particular, the partnerships that link the Mountain View group to some Chinese groups like Huawei and related to the Android ecosystem.
Collaborations with Xiaomi and Tencent will also be the subject of further study. This is reported by the Wall Street Journal, which emphasizes the potential risks deriving from sharing information about users with device manufacturers. It should be noted that at the moment no decision has been officially announced. The timing suggests that everything was triggered by the decision taken by bigG not to renew the contract that currently links the California company to the US Department of Defense regarding Project Maven. Here is what the WSJ writes.
Some members of Congress intend to express disappointment over the protracted partnership of Google with Huawei, in light of its most recent decision not to renew the contract with the Department of Defense.
A spokesman for Google commented on the rumor, pointing out that Huawei is only one of the many companies that collaborate with the group within the mobile universe and how the privacy of users has never been put at risk.
We are committed to answering these questions. Like many US companies, we have agreements with dozens of OEMs around the world, including Huawei. We do not provide special access to Google user data as part of these agreements, which include protection for privacy and information security.
In January, Google and Huawei signed an agreement to strengthen their partnerships: the manufacturer is committed to setting up the Messages application of bigG as default software for managing messaging, rather than offering users their own alternatives, thus pushing towards a gradual replacement of traditional SMS with the latest RCS (Rich Communication Services) technology.