Call it Privacy by Design
As smartphones evolve at lightning speed becoming the main bridge between the physical and digital world, an increasing amount of users’ personal data is located in them. From personal documents to business-related emails or credit card information, privacy is emerging as a crucially important factor to go hand in hand with innovation.
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.
A synergy between hardware and software is key to strengthening user privacy protection. On the hardware front, fintech-level security is delivered through with the leading mobile security platform solution, Hi Security Executive Environment (HiSEE), which is 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 repair any vulnerabilities and keep devices safe.
Data security of mobile services is also being 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, Huawei’s Consumer BG has continuously innovated and invested in cyber security and privacy protection, and plans to invest at least US$50 million in the research and innovation of security technology by 2018. 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.