The recent arrest of Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou has focused the telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics manufacturer into the data privacy spotlight. One of the primary concerns is whether Huawei’s 5G network will provide a backdoor for the Chinese government to spy on its users, and what could be done with that information.
Meng’s co-operation with authorities could help her avoid jail time by offering information on Huawei’s intent, to offer insight as to whether the company is trying to steal trade secrets and confidential information from American companies. In an interview with The Star Vancouver, Joseph Campbell, a director in the global investigations and compliance practice at Navigant and former assistant director of criminal investigations at the FBI, states that “There’s potential intelligence benefits from (her co-operation) and also other potential investigative, prosecutorial benefits — identifying other targets and illegal activities.”
In an interview with Business Insider, Joseph Campbell said, “We don't know as private citizens all the intelligence information the US and its allies have gathered relative to China and Huawei, but... there's no doubt China is a significant threat for the United States, they are committed to becoming a lead economic and military power in the world."
Eventually Huawei could be in the position where it could interfere with data traffic, sharing usage, or even engaging in proactive activity to extract that information and use it for their own benefit.
Director, Global Investigations and Compliance