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I have said this before, but I’ll say it again. The CCP has a reasonable dataset of Asian faces for their biometric tracking but not for any other race. So by enabling the collection of a massive dataset of these other nationalities means they will be able to more easily track foreign nationals within their borders. It also means that if they take over another country, they can quickly implement the same social tracking system to control the population.
There is another point that seems to be getting lost in the noise of this thread. This kind of monitoring is not the domain of stalkers only, perpetrators of domestic violence also use this type of coercive control. The added benefit for them, from what I can see is that the AirTag will never go into alert mode, as the tag comes home each night and never makes it to the three days away.
I think the release of this product was probably a little premature, and more time needed to be put into the safety measures to stop this type of usage.
Guys I can’t believe all this merry go round of Huawei did or did not do X and you conveniently leave out the really pertinent facts.
1. Huawei was caught with backdoors into the modem software that they supplied to the Italian Vodaphone. When asked about it Huawei’s response at first was to deny it happened, then when proof was brought to the table their response changed to “oh that one, it is old and we wouldn’t use it anyway. Trust us”. If the hand wasn’t caught in the cookie jar, I don’t know what is.
2. Employee of Huawei in Poland was caught soliciting intelligence secrets. Upon being caught, Huawei denied any knowledge and sacked the guy. So now their record of being involved in intelligence gathering is clean, according to Huawei, because the guy doesn’t work for them anymore.
3. It is more than just the American Intelligence agencies that are ringing the bell of the Huawei/5G problem. Australia was the first to raise the red flag, sorry about the pun, on the problems with Chinese communications companies supplying the 5G infrastructure and the possible problems it could create. So if you don’t trust the US agencies advice, trust the Australian Intelligence agencies work, especially as they had to raise the alarm to the American counterparts first before the US agencies started to run with it.
4. The big issue with Huawei and any other company in China is the Chinese law. It clearly states that the government of China has the ability to take over or insist on certain actions be fulfilled by any company and the affected company has no right of refusal or reply against the government and has to remain silent about the request. There is no equivalent law in other democracies around the world and I t is this law that makes the whole 5G situation untenable. If the CCP changed this law it might make things a little easier, but now the trust has been broken it is hard to gain back to the same level without a lot of work on the CCP’s side to build that trust back up.
I’m not going to post links to substantiate the above points, it is easy enough to search for the references yourself if you’re interested. Now go back to your respective corners and start slinging mud.
SpamSandwich said:chasm said:I prefer a semi-independent Taiwan, but I really wonder if the US would defend the island if China opted to fully absorb it. In any event, Gou has a LOT of explainin’ to do about his con job in Wisconsin (not the first time Foxconn has “played” a US state, incidentally). I wonder if Trump even remembers that he and Gou broke ground on the nonexistent factory two years ago?
Just to be clear: although Trump grandstanded and exaggerated Foxconn’s deal (as he is wont to do), the blame for this rotten deal falls squarely on Republican former governor Scott Walker. He was both a rotten governor and a rotten human being.