April 24, 2019 / 7:44 AM / 7 months ago

UK cyber boss says Five Eyes have taken different approach to Huawei before

LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) - The head of Britain's National Cyber Security Centre said governments in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance had taken different approaches before to issues such as China's Huawei Technologies, downplaying any threat of a rift.

A security source has told Reuters that Britain will allow Huawei restricted access to non-core parts of the 5G network, but block it from all core parts of the system. The United States has told allies not to use Huawei's technology because of fears it could be a vehicle for Chinese spy operations.

Ciaran Martin, the head of the NCSC, also told BBC radio that some parts of a 5G network simply transport data and that he was confident the government would correctly asses the level of risk that needs to be applied to those parts of the system.

"It's objectively the case that in the past decade there have been different approaches across the Five Eyes and across the allied wider Western alliance towards Huawei and towards other issues as well." (Reporting by Kate Holton and Paul Sandle; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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