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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for extra security to be applied to Chinese companies following alleged security concerns that have been raised regarding the practices of telecommunications behemoth Huawei.

Published in Telecom Vendors

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking alongside Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during a visit to Mexico City, said the digital world needs concrete regulations similar to those that exist for financial markets in the G20 and for trade under the World Trade Organization.

The Chancellor’s call for tighter digital regulation echo British Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for tighter international regulations on cyberspace, following the terrorist attack that took place on June 3 in London. Introducing new rules for cyberspace, she said, would "deprive the extremists of their space online." May also insisted that technology companies are not doing enough to thwart terror groups online.

Ms. Merkel has stressed the importance of common standards to add more security during uncertain times. The world is facing unchartered territory with the inter-networking of smart devices and the automation of factories – a trend Germany has dubbed Industry 4.0, which includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing.

Germany plans to use its leadership of the Group of 20 major economies to develop a concrete plan on digital policy at a summit in July, Reuters reports. The country has also expressed its desire to establish a common plan to promote fast internet for all and agree on common technical standards at the G20 meeting in Hamburg in July.

In her speech Merkel referred to an agreement by G20 countries to tackle cyber attacks on the global banking system. She also said Europe needs to work closely with the United States to ensure sensible rules are put in place because so far standards have been erratic.

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