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New Zealand rejects Huawei’s first 5G bid citing national security risk

WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s intelligence agency has rejected the telecom industry’s first request in the country to use 5G equipment provided by China’s Huawei Technologies, citing concerns about national security. Telecommunications services provider Spark New Zealand, which made the request, said on Wednesday it would review the reasoning before considering any further steps. The decision comes as Western nations become increasingly wary of what they say is possible Chinese government involvement in fifth-generation…

Privacy groups warn of security risk in smartwatches for kids

WASHINGTON: Smartwatches designed to help parents keep tabs on children could create privacy and security risks, activist and consumer groups said Wednesday as they called for probes by regulators. A coalition of child protection, consumer, and privacy groups asked the US Federal Trade Commission to investigate the risks posed to children by the devices and also called on retailers to stop selling the watches. The groups said consumer organizations in Europe were expected to file similar complaints with EU regulators.…