In our recent coverage of Hikvision's government ownership and Communist Party supervision, one rejoinder was that the US government, like the Chinese, pursues / has backdoors in to technology products.
This is a great example of the differences between the 2 countries. "Apple’s Tim Cook Lashes Out at White House Officials" blares a recent US publication. Apple's CEO is publicly fighting against backdoors and the US media is running it.
In China, it's an impossibility for a state owned company like Hikvision to 'lash out' at the Communist Party and the media, sure as hell, would never cover that (or be quickly detained / imprisoned).
Cyber spying and privacy issues are a real concerns for any technology product like networked video surveillance and as Hikvision aims to be the dominant global supplier, the rest of the world needs to watch out for that threat.