German intel warns against giving data to Chinese tech firms

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency is warning consumers that personal data they provide to Chinese payment companies or other tech firms could end up in the hands of China’s government

BERLIN -- Germany's domestic intelligence agency is warning consumers that personal data they provide to Chinese payment companies or other tech firms could end up in the hands of China's government.

The head of the BfV, Thomas Haldenwang, said German's data isn't safe with Chinese companies because they are required by law to provide the data to their government.

Germany's top security official also expressed concern about what he called the “hybrid threat” from China, which included the purchase of key German companies.

“When it comes to critical infrastructure, in the energy supply or now with 5G lines, we have to consider how we can protect ourselves," said Horst Seehofer, Germany's interior minister.

Seehofer added that Germany has yet to reach a “political decision” on whether to let Chinese telecoms equipment company Huawei supply infrastructure to German cellphone service providers.