The United Kingdom has decided Chinese video cameras have no place in government facilities.

“A review of the current and future possible security risks associated with the installation of visual surveillance systems on the government estate has concluded that, in light of the threat to the UK and the increasing capability and connectivity of these systems, additional controls are required,” reads a statement from Oliver Dowden, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (the second-most senior minister in cabinet behind the PM).

“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,” the statement adds.

Government departments have also been “advised that no such equipment should be connected to departmental core networks” and told to consider whether they should remove and replace Chinese video cameras “deployed on sensitive sites” – and do so before planned upgrades.



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