Irish Newspaper Falsely Reports "Chinese Cameras Banned In US" (Now Changed)

This Irish Sun article "SPY FEAR Chinese cameras banned in US amid security fears are installed all around the country – including in Leinster House and garda stations" centers around 2 false claims. The article not only claims the ban is in place but that "US firms were blocked from buying Dahua and Hikvision cameras."

The ban, only for use within the US government, has been passed by the US House but is not law if and until it is reconciled with the Senate version and signed by the President.

We contacted the Irish Sun reporter via LinkedIn message to inform him of the errors.

Reporting obviously false claims is wrong and is just as bad as the tactics that Hikvision uses (e.g., with its Chinese government ownership).

This does show, even outside the US, how broad the coverage and wide a potential impact the US House bill is having. Dahua and Hikvision salespeople are challenged by this regularly.

On the positive side for Hikvision, the Irish government's Office of Public Works came to Hikvision's defense, in the article, declaring:

We have also reviewed their cyber security white paper released January 2018 and are satisfied that the company is conforming to best practice in this regard. We deal only with authorised distributors of their products.

Update: after posting this, the Irish Sun changed the title to the more factual but garbled "Chinese cameras which have yet to be signed into US law."

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