UK bans Chinese cameras in government buildings

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The UK restricts Chinese-made surveillance equipment from sensitive locations, including government buildings, based on a government assessment of security risks.

“The review has concluded that, in light of the threat to the UK and the increasing capacity and connectivity of these systems, additional checks are needed,” Cabinet Minister Oliver Dowden said in a statement to parliament.

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

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The UK government has advised departments to disconnect Chinese surveillance equipment from the department’s core networks and remove 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, citing security risks. The companies’ products have been linked to mass surveillance and human rights violations in China’s Xinjiang region. A majority of UK public sector CCTV networks use Hikvision and Dahua, according to a report from the privacy advocacy group Big Brother Watch.

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The UK government is advising departments to consider banning Chinese surveillance equipment from areas “outside the definition of sensitive locations” to further mitigate risks.

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