Australian Defence Department has quietly extended a contract with a Chinese-owned company to continue storing data…

A collage of images including an older man with glasses, the Chinese flag, global switch logo and a soldier outline
A deal between the Defence Department and a Chinese owned company which was expected to end has now been delayed after a new deal was signed.(ABC News: Emma Machan)

Defence renews storage deal with Global Switch, years after Government vowed to ditch Chinese-owned firm

The Australian Defence Department has quietly extended a contract with a Chinese-owned company to continue storing data in its Sydney facilities, despite a push to end the arrangement by 2020.

For a decade sensitive military files have been stored by Global Switch, but concerns were raised four years ago when a Chinese consortium bought half of its British parent company.

The ownership of Global Switch changed in December 2016 when the London-based parent company, Aldersgate Investments, accepted $4 billion in cash for a 49 per cent stake from Chinese consortium Elegant Jubilee.

Full Story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-16/global-switch-deal-defence-data-security-files

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