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The negative campaign against Kaspersky

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Similarly to the Kaspersky case, countries such as Britain mention that security risks with the Chinese tech company are manageable and have found no concrete evidence of any malicious activity.

The US is also going after German businesses. The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has peaked American animosity as the project involves close cooperation with Russian gas companies. German companies involved in the construction of the pipeline are being threatened including Uniper, Wintershall, Dutch Shell and many more.

Business however will go on as usual, as German companies remain undeterred by US sanctions. "Uniper will remain one of the financing partners of this project and we are - as before - fully committed to the project," said Uniper's chief financial officer Christopher Delbrueck.

Germany has also been warned against working with Huawei. The U.S. has been pressuring many European allies to ban Huawei from their 5G network or risk losing access to intelligence-sharing. Despite U.S. Pressure, Germany has refused to exclude Huawei's 5G Technology.

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Donald Trump's cybersecurity adviser traveled to Germany to press the case for ostracizing Huawei according to reports, in yet another arm-twisting attempt by Washington to keep the Chinese tech firm out of Europe.

American firms run free of accountability and into double standards.

On US soil, there is absolutely no pressure on American technological companies like Cisco, Symantec or McAfee to enhance their level of transparency. It seems they have been granted total immunity with no demands of accountability or enforcing policies for harvesting user data responsibly.

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Kaspersky and Huawei have had to invest millions in building elaborate transparency centers as an act of total compliance with US transparency policies. The Russian cybertech firm has two centers in Zurich and Madrid, while Huawei has opened a new center in Germany.

Despite their cooperation, foreign cyber companies are still held on a tight leash while the smoke screen on the privacy debate is steadily growing.

This double standard is preventing a real conversation from taking place as world powers are once again trying to convince public of who is the more data responsible champion.

All global cybertech firms should be held equally accountable with only the public to answer to, and not unnecessary cyberwar sanctions.

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