China’s big brother is watching your every move

Oct 16, 2019 by

State-backed Hikvision is now the largest surveillance company in the world with links to Xinjiang’s detention camps

China aims to install 450 million surveillance cameras by 2020.

There are surveillance cameras and then there is Hikvision.

Billed as China’s “Big Brother” to quote George Orwell’s dystopian classic Nineteen Eighty-Four, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology has become a major player in tracking the world’s every move.

The scale of the operation is immense. Already the high-tech group is operating in more than 100 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Brazil, through its local “partners.”

In the UK alone, Hikvision has an estimated 1.3 million security cameras. This, in turn, has raised concerns among British MPs after the company was accused of working with Chinese security forces in the world’s second-largest economy.

A letter released and signed by nine politicians in May stated:

“We share the concerns raised about the role of Hikvision in the UK. Hikvision has been used in Tibet to develop an intrusive police and security apparatus. The system uses facial recognition technology which can distinguish minorities from ‘ethnic’ Han Chinese populations. The sophistication of this technology and its sinister use is a serious cause for concern when considering Tibetans and Uighurs’ safety and security.”

Last week, the group was placed on a blacklist by the US Department of Commerce along with 27 Chinese businesses, including cutting-edge companies in artificial intelligence research, Megvii Technology and SenseTime.

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