Exclusive: German draft IT security law strives for consensus on telecoms vendor risks

According to Reuters, Exclusive: German draft IT security law strives for consensus on telecoms vendor risks.

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany should reach a consensus within the government that a telecom vendor is a threat to national security to exclude its equipment from national 5G networks, according to draft legislation reviewed by Reuters on Friday.

The latest version of the IT security law follows months of bickering in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition, which is divided on how to develop a political mechanism to judge whether a seller can be trusted.

How that process works will be crucial in determining whether China is Huawei , the world leader in telecom networks, may remain in Germany or will eventually be banned as it has been by the United States and some of its allies.

The draft seeks to bridge a gap between Chancellor Angela Merkel, who favors close trade ties with Beijing, and her coalition partners in the Social Democratic Party (SPD), who, led by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, are aggressive about China.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said the bill was presented to other departments on Thursday. “The draft implements the results of previous discussions with the ministries and submits new compromise proposals,” the spokesman said in response to a request for comment from Reuters.

Written by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Alex Richardson

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