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UK bans Chinese cameras from government buildings – POLITICO

The UK is restricting Chinese-made surveillance equipment at sensitive sites, including government buildings, based on a government review of security risks.

“The review concluded that, given the threat to the UK and the growing capacity and connectivity of these systems, additional controls are needed,” Cabinet Secretary Oliver Dowden said in a statement. statement to Parliament.

The cameras are “produced by companies subject to the National Intelligence Law of the People’s Republic of China,” Dowden added.

The UK government has advised departments to disconnect Chinese surveillance equipment from departmental core networks, remove it and replace it without waiting for upgrades.

Last summer, British politicians called for a ban on the use of surveillance cameras from Chinese companies Hikvision and Dahua, due to security risks. The companies’ products have been linked to mass surveillance and human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region. The majority of UK public sector CCTV networks use Hikvision and Dahua, according to a report by privacy group Big Brother Watch.

The UK government is advising departments to consider whether Chinese surveillance equipment should be banned from areas “outside the definition of sensitive sites” to further mitigate risk.

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