To protect the telecommunications system from cyber attacks, the Canadian federal government introduced a new bill. The bill will also ban Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE from the country’s 4G and 5G networks.
On June 14, according to The Epoch Times, Marco Mendicino, Canada’s Public Safety Minister, presented Bill C-26 to the House of Commons to protect Canada’s vital sectors from cyber threats.
Marco Mendicino said the new law will protect more from “ransomware attacks, espionage, cyber-attacks, foreign interference, the conduct of hostile state actors and their proxies are all part of the national security landscape.”
Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne said in a press conference that the bill would give the authority legal law to ban Chinese companies from 4G and 5G networks.
François-Philippe Champagne said, “This [bill] goes way beyond Huawei and ZTE because we want to have legislation that will cover the future.”
Still, the ban on Huawei and ZTE products would not cover smartphones or other Chinese devices.
Canada Cyber Security warned earlier that espionage activities are a threat to personal devices such as smartphones and computers.
Critical Cyber Systems Protection Act is the second part of the new cybersecurity legislation announced Tuesday; it proposes to create a regulatory department requiring companies in four essential industries to inform the government of any cyber security breach.
During an earlier briefing, officials said they wouldn’t make public the details of companies’ reports.
Mendicino explained that the bill makes sure the government is “able to take the steps necessary to protect trade secrets, competitive information, information that is sensitive to the industry itself.”