UK bans Chinese surveillance gear at sensitive sites

UK bans Chinese surveillance gear at sensitive sites

Minister Oliver Dowden said the UK government will no longer deploy surveillance equipment made by Chinese companies at sensitive sites it considers sensitive.

Security considerations are always paramount around these sites and we are taking action now to prevent any security risks from happening, according to Dowden. The government's decision was based on a review of the current and future security risks arising from the installation of visual surveillance systems on the government estate.

China's Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. and Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co. are among the world's leading video surveillance providers, and have been on a US blacklist since 2019 because of concerns about them being involved in human rights violations. In recent years, the Chinese government has grown discontent about the lack of safeguards preventing it from acquiring data and information from its companies, and other governments have taken measures to limit their exposure.

The Secure Equipment Act was passed by US legislators a year ago to curtail the use of Chinese-made equipment in the country's communication systems. Britain's prime minister Rishi Sunak has called China a systemic challenge to our values and interests and the biggest state-based threat to our economic security. The addition of equipment produced by companies that are subject to the China's National Intelligence Law is banned by the UK government s new instruction to state departments. The government also advises to remove gear from firms that are already in place and apply the risk mitigation to areas that are not considered sensitive.

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