Smartphones are evolving at lightning speed and becoming the main bridge between the physical and digital worlds with an increasing amount of users’ personal data stored on them. From personal documents to business-related emails or credit card information, privacy is emerging as an immensely important factor to go hand in hand with innovation. Taking a closer look at the security infrastructure put in place by Huawei will shed light on the latest privacy-related standards and strategies by tech giants and allow users to grasp their digital protection scope better.
Conscious of the fact that confidentiality protection is the only way to earn and maintain user’s trust, Huawei’s privacy protection measures extend from the product’s design throughout the entire development process and complies with GAPP principles– the most stringent privacy technology framework in the world – and all requirements set forth in the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The company applies Privacy by Design throughout product development, design, verification, sales, services, and procurement activities.
In an attempt to strengthen user privacy protection, Huawei creates synergy between hardware and software. In hardware, fintech-level security is applied with the leading mobile security platform solution, Hi Security Executive Environment (HiSEE), offered on Kirin chips. The latter also supports basic platform functions like secure start-up, hardware cipher engine, hardware random number generator, and hardware unique key (HUK).
As for the operational software used by the company, the EMUI system fully complies with Google's security framework, building on native Android capabilities to further enhance the security of the system, data, and applications. In line with Google's security patch upgrade policy, patches are promptly released to address any vulnerabilities and keep devices safe.
Data security of mobile services is also maximized by providing secure and reliable unified access through Huawei ID accounts, dual authentication, OAuth authentication, unified certificate management, and access control by service and by role. Huawei adopts data protection technologies including end-to-end data encryption, unified key management, anonymization technology, and secure deletion to protect user data.
Over the past several years, the Consumer BG has continuously innovated and invested in cyber security and privacy protection, and plans to invest $2 bln over 5 years in cybersecurity push. The Consumer BG has more than 200 experts and engineers working on security research and development, and has worked with the 2012 Labs to set up cyber security research centers in China, Germany, Finland, Canada, and Singapore. They have established over 10 partnerships around the world, including with security manufacturers, consulting firms, industry alliances, and industry organizations.
Huawei has managed to validate its robust security system which has won the trust of worldwide customers over the last 30 years. Major global carriers, Fortune Global 500 companies, and hundreds of millions of individuals. The recent announcement of shipping 200 million smartphone units in 2018 is a clear indication of the trust Huawei has gained with consumers opting for Huawei phones over its competitors.
Huawei’s cyber security practices have also won the trust of their partners across the global value chain thanks to an advanced R&D system and supply chain dedicated to privacy protection and the availability of open ARM chip architecture and Google's Android system.