‘Security risks’: U.K. restricts Chinese-made cameras in government buildings

‘Security risks’: U.K. restricts Chinese-made cameras in government buildings

The British directive includes guidance for departments to disconnect such devices from core computer networks and to consider removing them altogether.

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Kasım 24, 2022 18:15
‘Security risks’: U.K. restricts Chinese-made cameras in government buildings
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The British government on Thursday told its departments to stop installing Chinese-linked surveillance cameras at sensitive buildings, citing security risks.The decision comes after a review of “current and future possible security risks associated with the installation of visual surveillance systems on the government estate,” cabinet office minister Oliver Dowdensaid in a written statement to parliament.Read more: Canadian intelligence warned PM Trudeau that China covertly funded 2019 election candidates: SourcesRead MoreCanadian intelligence warned PM Trudeau that China covertly funded 2019 election candidates: Sources“The review has concluded that, in light of the threat to the UK and the increasing capability and connectivity of these systems, additional controls are required,” Dowden said.The British directive applies to cameras made by companies subject to Chinese security laws and includes guidance for departments to disconnect such devices from core computer networks and to consider removing them altogether.Story continues below advertisementIt comes months after dozens of lawmakers called for a ban on the sale and use of security cameras made by Hikvision and Dahua, two partly state-owned Chinese firms, over privacy fears and concerns of the companies’ products being linked to human rights abuses in China. 3:15Camera catches Xi confronting Trudeau at G20 summitThe British offices of both Hikvision and Dahua did not immediately respond to emails from Reuters seeking comment.Trending Now‘Greed has taken over’: Why forced financing has some consumers driving away from buying a vehicleAngler reels in massive 67-pound goldfish named ‘The Carrot’Trending NowHwy 5 reopens but RCMP mum on reason for closure, say investigation ‘active and ongoing’Winnipeg man takes home $1 million in 6/49 lotto winThe United States has slapped trade and usage restrictions for cameras made by Hikvision, Dahua and other Chinese firms.A majority of British public bodies use surveillance cameras made by Hikvision or Dahua, privacy advocacy group Big Brother Watch said in July.A number of government departments including the interior and business ministries have had Hikvision cameras visibly in use on the front of their buildings, the group had said.Story continues below advertisementRead more: Xi wasn’t criticizing Trudeau during G20 confrontation, China saysDowden’s statement said that following the government review: “Departments have therefore been instructed to cease deployment of such equipment onto sensitive sites, where it is produced by companies subject to the National Intelligence Law of the People’s Republic of China.”“Since security considerations are always paramount around these sites, we are taking action now to prevent any security risks materialising.”— Reporting by Sachin Ravikumar, writing by William James; Editing by Kate Holton

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