Huawei wouldn’t give Australian users’ data to China, says chairman

John Lord says doing so would be ‘completely illegal’ and the telco would not flout Australian laws

Huawei would refuse to hand over data on Australian users to China because complying with such an order would be “completely illegal”, its Australian chairman has claimed.

John Lord made the comment at the National Press Club on Wednesday, an outing in which he struggled to explain the requirements of Chinese law and to account for security assessments that have contributed to a hardening attitude to Huawei taking part in the build of the 5G network in Australia.

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