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Chinese surveillance giant Hikvision stockpiles crucial parts to guard against potential US ban

Hikvision Digital Technology, China’s top surveillance camera provider, has sharply increased its stockpile of components and finished products amid concerns that the US may bar it from doing business with American suppliers like it did with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies.The Hangzhou-based company reported an over 90 per cent surge in holdings of components and 30 per cent in finished goods over the past six months, saying that such a move was meant to ensure “sustained… Source link

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AI unicorn Megvii not behind app used for surveillance in Xinjiang, says human rights group

Megvii, the developer of facial recognition software Face++ used widely in China, is not behind a mobile app that forms part of the mass surveillance infrastructure set up by authorities in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).New York-based HRW said in a correction at the end of a report released on Tuesday that its review of the Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP) app, one of the mass surveillance systems used by the police and other authorities… Source link

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Stocks Blog: China markets fall as Trump targets mainland surveillance camera makers

Good morning, traders. China’s surveillance camera sector is now in the Trump spotlight. In addition to Hikvision Digital, which fell yesterday on news reports it was being targeted, Megvii, Zhenjiang Danhua Technology, Meiya Pico and Iflytek could be banned from U.S. components or software, Bloomberg reports. We’ll keep you up on the fallout in markets from the new tech storm added to the tariff tornado, plus the latest on rare earth-linked stocks, which are getting a new boost from… Source link

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US widens its campaign against Chinese tech companies with eye on surveillance firms

Hikvision’s presence loomed large at a security exposition last month in Hangzhou, taking up the entire upper floor of the convention centre. On the ground floor, Dahua Technology, its smaller rival, shared space with other security technology companies. Luminescent displays of road traffic flows, emergency response statistics and crime reports greeted the hundreds of trade visitors.Hikvision and Dahua now find themselves in the crosshairs of the US government, which is said to be considering… Source link

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How 9/11 and China’s plan for blanket surveillance helped Hikvision and Dahua dominate the global CCTV camera market

China is famous for its one-industry towns. Gurao in southern Guangdong province is known for making bras. Qiaotou in Zhejiang province produces most of the world’s buttons. The city of Tianjin to the north is a major manufacturer of bicycles.Then there is Hangzhou’s Binjiang district, east of the Qiantang River that winds through the city, about 10 kilometres from the famed West Lake, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Once mostly farmland, the Binjiang district is now home to many manufacturers,… Source link

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Chinese surveillance camera supplier Hikvision posts slowest profit growth in a decade

Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, a key camera supplier for China’s surveillance system, reported the slowest annual pace of profit growth in more than a decade amid growing headwinds in overseas markets. Net income in 2018 rose 20.5 per cent to 11.3 billion yuan (US$1.76 billion), the Hangzhou-based company said in a filing to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on Thursday. Revenue climbed 23 per cent to 51.2 billion yuan. The company said it maintained a high level of investment into research development while continuing to develop domestic and overseas markets. Its…

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Former UK surveillance head says calls to freeze Chinese companies out of telecoms in Western countries are “short on technical understanding”

Britain’s former surveillance chief has characterised the “chorus of voices” calling for a blanket ban on Chinese companies like Huawei Technologies from telecommunication networks in Western countries amid perceived cyber threats as being “short on technical understanding” of cybersecurity and the complexities of 5G networks. While the Government Communications Headquarters’s National Cyber Security Centre “has been blunt about Huawei’s shortcomings in security engineering and in its general attitude to cybersecurity,” it has “never found evidence of malicious Chinese state cyber activity through Huawei,” Robert Hannigan, who was director of GCHQ…

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How Silicon Valley’s ‘surveillance capitalism’ is enriching its leaders and making us their pawns

“They know everything about us, while their operations are designed to be unknowable to us. They predict our futures and configure our behaviour, but for the sake of others’ goals and financial gain. This power to know and modify human behaviour is unprecedented.” This is Shoshana Zuboff, Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School, and no, she is not talking about George Orwell’s 1984 or Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Nor about dark Communists at the heart of Beijing, or spies in the Kremlin. She is talking about…

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China, US set to join talks at WTO aimed at limiting government surveillance of private data

China and the United States are to take part in groundbreaking talks on restricting government surveillance of private companies’ e-commerce data. A proposal to this effect will be introduced by Australia, Japan and Singapore this month, according to the Nikkei Asia Review. The proposed ruling, which has been in the works for some years, will make it illegal for governments to force companies to reveal proprietary secrets such as source codes and algorithms, the Japanese publication reported. IP and tech control will continue to inflame US-China relations, whatever the outcome…

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