I won't even put Chinese manufactured web cams in or around our home for security. Regardless of China, they have proven to be easily hacked. But yesterday, the US intelligence community told the Senate that Americans need to avoid several Chinese branded cell phones because of security and surveillance concerns.
Six top U.S. intelligence chiefs told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday they would not advise Americans to use products or services from Chinese smartphone maker Huawei.
The six — including the heads of the CIA, FBI, NSA and the director of national intelligence — first expressed their distrust of Apple-rival Huawei and fellow Chinese telecom company ZTE in reference to public servants and state agencies.
When prompted during the hearing, all six indicated they would not recommend private citizens use products from the Chinese companies.
"We're deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks," FBI Director Chris Wray testified.
I would totally agree with this assessment given what we know both about China and its various corporations. But what I do find funny is that this is the same American intelligence community that routinely blasts Apple for making its devices so secure that the intelligence community cannot snoop. It says something that this group wants you to avoid Huawei and ZTE manufactured products.