Ottawa officially submits a bill banning Huawei from 5G / 4G


The federal government introduced a new bill to protect important Canadian industries from cyber attacks and hacks after Ottawa announced last month that it would ban Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE from the country’s 5G and 4G networks. Did.

Announced by Minister of Public Security Marco Mendicino Bill C-26 He told the House of Commons on June 14 that it aims to protect critical sectors from cyber threats such as the financial, energy, transportation and telecommunications industries.

“Ransomware attack, spy, Cyber ​​attack, foreign country interference, the action of Hostile state actor When their Proxy that is all Department of the Whole country safety Landscape, “said Mendicino. Press conference..

“This law protects Canada’s cybersecurity by strengthening partnerships between the government and the telecommunications sector and federal regulators, and strengthens support for the economic sector, which is essential for national security and public security. We provide new tools to protect Canadians with cyber security. “

The bill, called the Respect for Cybersecurity, aims to amend the Telecommunications Act to add security to Canada’s telecommunications systems as a policy goal.

It will give the government legal authority to direct telecommunications to strengthen its systems against cyber attacks and cyber spying and to mandate the actions necessary to protect the country’s telecommunications systems. We also set administrative fines to increase telecommunications company regulatory compliance.

The proposed bill was announced after Mendicino announced last month that the federal government would ban Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and ZTE from the country’s 4G and 5G networks. Canadian companies that use the equipment of these Chinese companies will need to remove the equipment that is already installed.

At a press conference on June 14, François Philippe Champagne, Industry Minister, said the bill would give the government legal power to ban these Chinese companies from 4G and 5G networks and fend off future threats. Said.

“This [bill] go How to do Beyond Huawei When ZTE because we I want To Have legislation that Will cover the The future, “he said.

Champagne told reporters that the ban on Huawei and ZTE devices does not apply to smartphones and other devices.

“We’re targeting critical infrastructure, networks, not phones or other types of equipment that companies may decide to sell in Canada,” Champagne said. ..

Canada Cyber ​​Security Center National Cyber ​​Threat Assessment for 2020 Devices such as smartphones and personal computers are vulnerable to espionage activities such as unauthorized data collection.

Mandated reporting

Part 2 of Bill C-26 aims to enact a Critical Cyber ​​System Protection Act aimed at establishing a regulatory body that requires companies in four major sectors to report cyber and ransomware attacks to governments. I am.

When asked why the mandatory reporting system imposed on designated industries does not include a public oversight mechanism for Canadians to review the data collected, Mendicino said, “Beyond this law. He defended his bill by pointing out “the wide variety of mechanisms that exist.” Monitoring of “overlapping national security”.

When accused of lack of transparency in the bill, he did not respond directly, saying the law was aimed at “helping Canadians integrate new technologies in 5G and cyberspace into their lives.” Stated.

He also said that certain provisions of his bill would allow the government to protect trade secrets, competitive information, and other sensitive information in the affected industries.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.