A highly intricate privacy-related foundation to cater to today’s smartphone users


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: 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.  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 attempt to strengthen user privacy protection, Huawei creates synergy between hardware and software. In hardware, 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, the 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.

The company has also 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. Their 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.

About HUAWEI Consumer Business Group (CBG):

HUAWEI Consumer Business Group (CBG) is one of HUAWEI’s three business groups, providing a range of products including smartphones, tablets, and mobile broadband devices. HUAWEI’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world’s population. During the second quarter of 2018, Huawei ranked second in the world in terms of market share of smart phone sales by 15.8% of the total market share globally.

Year on year growth was reflected in HUAWEI’s rise as a globally recognized premium brand. In 2018, Huawei was ranked 48 out of 100 in BrandZ international company and No. 25 in the Brand Finance Global 500 Most Valuable Brands. In this year’s Fortune 500 HUAWEI climbed up the list to the 83rd place from the 129th of last year with a revenue of $78.51 billion, making the top global 100 for the first time.

As a leading technology company, HUAWEI invests more than 10% of its annual sales revenue to research and development efforts and has established 15 research centers around the world. Among these facilities is he HUAWEI Aesthetics Research Center in Paris. HUAWEI’s newest R&D center is the Max Berek Innovation Lab in Wetzler, Germany, where HUAWEI and Leica are jointly researching technologies to improve mobile device camera and image quality. Huawei also established more than 10 laboratories in China, Europe and other locations and operates through these sites with more than 600 partners.