Imagine spies and enemies watching you in your own homes. Controlling your air conditioner or oven. Or worse: hacking into the water supplies of your city.
If we’re to keep these nightmare scenarios to the realm of sci-fi, we need to be careful how we construct our 5G infrastructure. Part of this involves being very careful who we let work on our systems.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been facing pressure both from within Canada and from our allies to block Chinese tech giant Huawei from participating in the development of our 5G network.
While the company maintains that it follow the laws of the countries it operates in and does not pose a threat to anyone, that is not the view of other lawmakers.
A bipartisan letter from U.S. lawmakers sent to Ottawa told our government that allowing Huawei into our systems could damage the U.S.-Canada intelligence sharing relationship.
We are currently offside from our Five Eyes partners in not yet having formally blocked Huawei from being involved. New Zealand was the latest country, only the other week, to officially bar them.