Google shares closed higher as US lawmakers have asked the tech giant to carefully consider its close links with China’s Huawei. Google provides the Android systems that operate on Huawei phones and the US Senators and Members of Congress say this could pose a risk to US national security.
Google shares closed 0.46% in positive territory at $1,184.07. The stock is also higher in after-hours trade.
Google’s Huawei links
Both US Republican and Democrat lawmakers are apparently in agreement that they are concerned over the partnership between Google and Huawei.
“We write to express our concerns about Google’s “strategic partnership” with Huawei Technologies,” a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai began.
“Chinese telecommunications companies, such as Huawei, have extensive ties with the Chinese Communist arty. As a result, this partnership between Google and Huawei could pose a serious risk to US national security and American consumers,” the letter goes on.
The letter goes on to detail a number of reasons why they think Google should think carefully about working with the Chinese tech firm.
“We urge you to reconsider Google’s partnership with Huawei, particularly since your company recently refused to renew a key research partnership, Project Maven, with the Department of Defense,” the letter states.
The letter is signed by two Us Senators and three members of Congress.
Google set to respond
According to a Reuters article, Google said the company is looking forward to responding to the letter from lawmakers.
“Like many US companies, we have agreements with dozens of OEMs (manufacturers) around the world, including Huawei. We do not provide special access to Google user data as part of these agreement, and our agreements include privacy and security protections for use data,” Google spokeswoman Andrea Faville said in a statement.
This latest letter to Google CEO Pichai follows one earlier in the month asking for details of Google’s relationships and data-sharing agreements with any other Chinese tech firms.