The UK will no longer use Chinese-linked surveillance cameras at sensitive government buildings “to prevent any security risks”, a British minister says.
UK security fears spark Chinese camera ban
The British government has 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 Dowden said in a written statement to parliament.
“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.