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UK To Ban Made-In-China Cameras In Its Government Buildings

According to the statement, because security considerations are always paramount around these sites, the UK is taking action now to prevent any security risks from materialising

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The UK government has directed that no surveillance cameras manufactured by Chinese firms be installed in its buildings. This comes amid reports of security risks posed by Chinese companies as part of Beijing's cyber strategy.

In a written statement to parliament, UK minister Oliver Dowden said that the decision was made after a review of “current and future possible security risks associated with the installation of visual surveillance systems on the government estate.”

“The review concluded that additional controls are required in light of the threat to the UK and the increasing capability and connectivity of these systems,” Oliver Dowden said.

“Departments have thus been instructed to cease deployment of such equipment onto sensitive sites, where it is produced by companies subject to the People's Republic of China's National Intelligence Law,” Dowden's review said, according to Sky News.

According to the statement, “Because security considerations are always paramount around these sites, we are taking action now to prevent any security risks from materialising.”

Furthermore, all existing Chinese-made cameras will be removed from government facilities immediately. Departments have also been told to disconnect from all systems.

Previously, the United States imposed such a ban, instructing government agencies not to use cameras manufactured by Hikvision, Dahua or other Chinese companies.

While India has prohibited the use of several Chinese-origin apps, it has not explicitly prohibited Huawei and ZTE from operating in the country. It has, however, said that they will be required to meet new requirements under a security directive.

Chinese vendors' market share in the country continues to decline, while Finland's Nokia is reportedly swapping out Huawei's equipment in Vodafone Idea's network.

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