It's safe to use your Huawei, no one's listening

If you were worried that every time you picked your Huawei phone, the signals would be picked up somewhere in China where every word you utter will be decoded, you can now rest assured that this is not the case.

In 2013, the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) initiated an investigation on the security of Huawei's network hardware and services after it was convinced that either Huawei wasn't providing enough proof or that it wasn't being provided the level of access it wanted.

After almost two years of investigation, a report from the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) has cleared the Chinese firm of any wrongdoing. However, GCHQ will continue to keep a tab on the work of the HCSEC that includes personnel changes, internal procedures as well as auditing technical competence of staffers.

"The oversight board concludes that the HCSEC fulfilled its obligations in respect of the provision of assurance that any risks to UK national security from Huawei's involvement in the UK's critical networks have been sufficiently mitigated," the report said.

In the meantime, Huawei has been doing robust business in the UK. Since launching the under £100 Y550 phone that supported 4G in September, it launched a new 4.5G Smartband in London, followed by the TalkBand B2 and the TalkBand N1- the industry's first Hi-Fi stereo and Bluetooth headset. It is also set to launch the next flagship Ascend P8 on April 15 which could feature a larger 5.2 inch display, an octa-core HiSilicon 16nm Kirin 930chip and a 1080p resolution.

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