Huawei Founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei mentioned previously that he is inspired by the Apple’s software ecology and now adding to that he said that the Apple’s user privacy is one of the key aspects that impressed him, promising that he’ll never hand over user’s data to the Chinese government.
Ren was questioned, whether he will stand against the government like Apple? He replied – No. Actually, Apple is not a mobile phone company, but an Internet company, a kind of carrier. Only carriers can control user data. Apple has established a platform on which a full ecosystem has developed, so Apple owns that data.
Another question is whether the company will unlock a phone to share data with the Chinese government, Ren answered – We will never share users data with the government.
“If I had done it even once, the US would have evidence to spread around the world. Then the 170 countries and regions in which we currently operate would stop buying our products, and our company would collapse. After that, who would pay the debts we owe?” he said
“Our employees are all very competent, so they would resign and start their own companies, leaving me alone to pay off our debts. I would rather die,” he added.
Ren previously predicted smartphone revenue loss due to Huawei’s blacklisted in the US and barred the company from buying component and software services from the US firms. Last week, president Donald Trump announced ease in trade restriction for Huawei but effective action is yet to be taken by the commerce department.