US pushes Europe to reject Chinese baggage screening tech over spying fears

Yahoo Finance
Date: 28 June 2020
By: Jon Fingas

26 June 2020, North Rhine-Westphalia, Duesseldorf: Passengers wait at Düsseldorf Airport for their check-in. In North Rhine-Westphalia, the school holidays begin on Friday. Photo: Roland Weihrauch/dpa (Photo by Roland Weihrauch/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The US fight against Chinese technology appears to be extending to another category: the security screening you normally see at the airport or border. Wall Street Journal sources understand the National Security Council and other US agencies are pushing European governments (including Germany, Greece and Italy) to avoid using baggage, cargo and passenger screening systems from Nuctech, a Chinese state-run company that already has a foothold in the continent. American officials are reportedly worried any connected devices could pass sensitive data like passenger info and shipping manifests to Chinese spies.

Much like the claims against Huawei, there’s no publicly available evidence of Nuctech forwarding data to Chinese surveillance systems. The US Transportation Security Administration barred Nuctech from many US airports in 2014 following a review, although the report is classified.

Nuctech denied the assertions, claiming that data from its devices “belong to our customer[s] only,” and “by no means” go to the Chinese government. It also rejected claims that it had dominant shares of baggage and cargo screening, and that it priced anything below cost to thwart the competition. The EU found the company guilty of price dumping in 2010, but Nuctech has since set up a Polish factory to keep costs low.    [FULL  STORY]