ProtonMail pushes back against claims it is partnering with Huawei


Publishing in an app store is not a partnership, Swiss email company states.

The Swiss encrypted email supplier ProtonMail has requested a collaboration with Huawei.

On Friday, Bloomberg said that the firm was in discussions and formed a partnership with Huawei.

The day before ProtonMail released a blog post saying that they were trying to release their Android apps on F-droid and were thinking of the Samsung Galaxy Store, Amazon App Store and the Huawei App Gallery as alternate distribution channels.

ProtonMail does not partner with Huawei. We are just considering allowing ProtonMail to be used by individuals with Huawei appliances,’ says a note above the blog post.

Further details were given in a Sunday post which said that many individuals misinterpreted the scenario.

“Today, ProtonMail is already accessible in Huawei, because our Android app is distributed through the Google Play Store, so there is no change in the present scenario as regards support for Huawei phones,” ProtonMail CEO Andy Yen said.

“What is changing is that we may also make ProtonMail available to Huawei users via Google Play through the Huawei App Gallery.”

Yen said that, much as spreading its app through the Play Store does not mean that Google agrees with the privacy of Google, distributing it through Huawei would not also imply that the business agrees with China’s human rights approach.

“Our goal has always been to make privacy available to as many individuals as possible, and we don’t believe it’s best to cut off aid to hundreds of millions of people who use Huawei,” said Yen.

Apple revealed over the weekend that China’s Uyghur population was targeted by a latestiOS exploit chain, discovered by Google’s Project Zero. Since then Apple has tried to reduce the effect of the exploit.

“First, the advanced attack was narrowly targeted rather than a broad-based’ en masse ‘ iPhone exploit,” Apple said.

“The attack affected fewer than a dozen websites focusing on content related to the Uighur community.”

“Secondly, all evidence indicates that these web attacks were only operational for a brief period, about two months. “Apple didn’t mention the term China once in his statements.

The Australian think group, the Australian Institute for Strategic Policy (ASPI), has lately advised that if the global community does not behave the Uyghurs can be “consigned to the dustbin of history.”

ASPI has gathered a database of the “re-education” camps established in the province of Xinjiang in Beijing.

ProtonMail also called out Australia’s encryption legislation earlier.

[The Assistance and Access Bill] has been one of the major digital security and privacy assaults since the NSA PRISM program,” the firm wrote.

“We fully condemn the latest legislation and stay committed, as the world’s biggest encrypted e-mail supplier, to defending customers anywhere in the world, including in Australia,” the firm said.

Australian Parliament’s trust in any Australian software manufacturer, including Facebook (by extension of WhatsApp and Instagram), Google and Apple, has been undermined alone,’ she said.

ProtonMail stated that any application from Australia, based in Switzerland, would have to be in compliance with Swiss criminal and data protection legislation.


Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.