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After Arrest, Poland Could Limit Use of Huawei Products

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Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:40 GMT

Poland could consider banning the use of Huawei products by public bodies, a senior government official said on Sunday 13th January, following the arrest of a Chinese Huawei official in the east European country last week, according to Reuters.

The Polish government could also look to tighten legislation to allow the authorities to limit the availability of products made by any company deemed to pose a threat to security. Poland arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a former Polish security official on spying allegations, officials and sources told Reuters on Friday January 11th, a move that could fuel Western security concerns about the telecoms equipment maker. 

A government official who is responsible for cyber security told Reuters "abrupt" policy changes towards Huawei were not warranted after the arrests. But he said the use of the company's products by state entities could be reviewed. "We will analyse whether ... our decision can include an end to the use ... of Huawei products," Karol Okonski told Reuters. 

"We do not have the legal means to force private companies or citizens to stop using any IT company's products. It cannot be ruled out that we will consider legislative changes that would allow such a move," he added.  

"We are examining the readiness of the (EU and NATO) countries to work on a joint position," Okonski told Reuters, referring to the new generation of 5G telecoms infrastructure. 

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