Reports are emerging that when Huawei’s CFO, Wanzhou Meng was arrested in December, the powerful tech leader was carrying an iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Pro and MacBook Air. Meng was arrested by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States for her company’s suspected involvement in breaking trade sanctions with Iran.
According to court filings issued on Friday, the suite of Apple products was seized by Canadian police when Meng was arrested on Dec. 1, 2018. Bloomberg has reported that she had only one Huawei device on her possession: a Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS.
Devices to have data extracted
The list of Apple equipment was listed in the court documents as part of a request to extract the data on them. The court order was granted with Justice Heather Holmes of the British Columbia Supreme Court requesting that the Royal Canadian Mounted gather the data from the devices and provide it to her lawyers.
The request also asked that the devices be resealed. Two copies of the extracted data plus the sealed devices will now be stored in an exhibit locker. The news of Meng’s love for Apple comes as a surprise after Huawei’s publicly strict policy on its employees using competitors devices.
Huawei cracks down on employees
It was reported in January that two employees were severely punished after using an iPhone to post a message to the company's official Twitter account. The two offenders were subject to demotions and pay cuts after the embarrassing social media update. public relations gaffe earned the employees demotions and salary cuts.
The release of Meng’s cache of Apple products is causing many online observers to ask why the heir-apparent to China's most powerful tech company doesn’t trust her brands own hardware. The news comes amidst the renewed debate about the use of Huawei’s technology in future 5G networks.
Australia and New Zealand have already pulled the plug on deals and the United States has called the use of Huawei’s product a ‘threat to national security’.
US calls for ban on Huawei
The European Union has ignored the United States calls for it to ban the use of Huawei’s products but it has proposed more data-sharing around possible security threats from suspicious hardware use.
The European Union is reportedly preparing to call for member states to carry out risk assessments on their planned 5G networks as well prepare documents outlining how these problems could be solved.
The results will be compiled into an EU-wide security standards document. The arrest of Meng sparked a period of even more diplomatic unrest between China, the U.S, and Canada. In retaliation to Meng's detention, China swiftly arrested two Canadian nationals in an apparent act of diplomatic revenge.
Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor have been detained in China on allegations of endangering Chinese national security.
The US alleges that Huawei broke trade sanctions with Iran imposed by President Donald Trump, further charges against the company alleged it stole technology from T-Mobile.