Latin America Video Surveillance Sales Not Transparent Says NGO

By Robert Wren Gordon, Published Aug 11, 2021, 10:02am EDT

Hikvision, Dahua, Huawei, ZTE, AnyVision, and NTechLabs are among more than a dozen industry companies named in a recent report by US-based NGO Access Now as having sold technology to Latin American governments “without sufficient transparency or public scrutiny.”

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Inside this report:

  • Companies Named in Access Now Report
  • Non-Transparent Surveillance Tech Sales in Latin America
  • China Companies' Donations Undermine Trust
  • China Companies Using Latin Americans as a “Test Population”
  • Latin American Governments Funding Human Rights Violations
  • Lack of Legal Framework Around Proper Use of Surveillance Tech
  • Access Now Recommendation: Stop Mass Biometric Surveillance

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Non-Transparent ************ **** ***** ** ***** *******

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In **** ***** ******** *********, *** ******* ** ***** *********** ***** **** ********** *** *** *********** ** ************ ********** ** *********** *** ******. Governments make deals with little or no public debate or oversight, and often with little regard for transparency laws and the duty to communicate with the public. [emphasis added]

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****** *** ***** *** these ********* ** "**********" and * ********* ** citizens' *********** ****** (**. 43–44 *** *. **):

*** **** ********** ***** were ***** ***** ***** government *********** ******** ************ technologies **** **** "*******" to **** ** *** population.

** **** *****, ***** companies ******* **** ********* technology *** **** ** order ** **** ** on *** **********, ************ the ****** ** ******’* fundamental ******.

*** *** ****-***** *** cited ***** ** *** Hikvision *** ****** **** equipment ********* ** *** over ****** ********* ** Brazil (**. **–** *** p. **):

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** *ã* *****, ******** João ***** (********) ******** at ***** *$ *.* million (****** $*.* ******* USD) ** "*****" *** the **** ******* *******. Donations **** **** ******* Chinese *********: ******, *********, Dahua, *** ***. ******* these *********, ********* ******** at ***** *,*** ************ cameras. ** ** *** clear ******* **** ********* facial *********** **********.

** ********** ***-** *** its ********** *** **** out *** ************, ****** also ******* ** ********, in *** ***** ** São *****, *** ********* equipment *** * “***** city” *******.

*** ** *** ********* mentioned ** ****** ***'* report ******** *****, *********, or ******.

****** *** ******* ************* the *** *********' ******** policy ** "******" *** "exploitative" (*. **):

***** *** **** ** this ****** ** *** to ******* ****** *********** practices, *** ***** ****** attention ***** *** ****** scandals ********** **** *** monopolistic *** ************ ******** of *** **** *********.

**** ******** ** *** companies' ********** ********* ******* comments ** **** **** numerous ***-***-***** ******** *********. Dahua, *********, *** ****** dwarf ***** ***-***** ***********, thus, ***** * ******** of *,*** ******* *** be ******** *** *** Hangzhou- *** ********-***** *************, similarly-sized ********* *** ****** impossible *** ******* *************.

******, *** *** ****** corruption ******** ****** *** manufacturers' ********* ********* ** comments ** **** *** this ******:

[W]hy ***** * ******* **** ** **** **** **** ********** **** ***** *****? In a context where corruption is present, this undermines the trust in the process. [emphasis added]

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******** *** ***** **** also ****** * *********** edge ** *** ****** by ******** ******** *** services *** ****, ****** advantage ** *** ******* economy ** **** ***** American ********* ** **** their ************ ******* ** citizens.

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****** *** ********** **** the ******* **** ******** by ***** ************* ** Latin ******* ** ******** to ****, ****** **** local *********** ***** ************* to ***** ***** ********** "in ********* ******" *** on ********* ******:

*** ******* ** ************ products ** ***** ******* does *** ***** **** it ** *** ***** time **** **** *** being ****, *** **** they **** ** ** tested ** ********* ****** and *******.

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****** *** ***** ***** between *** ********* ***** in *** ***** *******-******* report *** ***** ****** abuses ****** *** *****, including ** *********, *** Phillippines, ********, *** **********.

** ****, *** *** York-based ***, ** ******** to ****, ******* **** Latin ******** *********** ******* human ****** ** ********** the *********' **********:

The *********** ********* ** *** ****** *** ********* ***** ****** **** **** ***, ***, ********* *** *** ********* **** ************ **********. This case gets even worse when that process is done with little or no transparency. None of the companies answered any requests for information. Many local governments are vague or do not refer to the agreements and the data management. When both governments and the companies have a poor record in human rights and a history of persecuting certain communities or activists, the scenario is worrying. [emphasis added]

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Lack ** ***** ********* ****** ****** *** ** ************ ****

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****** *** ********* ******** freedom ** *********** ******** to ********** *********** ** Argentina, ******, *** ******* as **** ** *** report; *******, ********** ********* failed ** ******* ** many ** *** ********. The ******* ********* **** lack ** ******** ** comments ** ****, ****** that **** *********** ***** confidentiality *** ** ******* dealing **** ****** ******:

**** ** **** ****** that *** *********** **** we ********* ***** *** be ********** ****** *********** as ** ***** **** security ******. **** ****** never *******.

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*** *** ****-***** *** argues ** ***** ** banning **** ************ ************ in *** ********** ** its ****** (*. **):

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We **** ********* ** **** **** *** ******** ****** ** **** *** ****** ** **** **********, ******* ********** **** ******* **** ************, and putting in place safeguards to protect people, such as remedies for those whose privacy is violated, and robust measures to increase accountability and transparency — both for the companies that develop the technology and the authorities that deploy it. [emphasis added]

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Biometric ************ ********** ****** ** **** *** **** ************ **** ** ** ** **** **** ************, **********, ******** *** **** * ********** **** **** **** *** **********. The technology when it is used for this purpose is the problem. The main idea of this use is to identify, single out, and track us wherever we go. It denies us our right to privacy because we cannot consent; our integrity because without our consent it collects and processes biometric data about us; our freedom of movement and self-determination because being observed 24/7 creates a chilling effect on us; finally, it denies our right to due process as it undermines the presumption of innocence principle. We acknowledge that there is a huge safety problem in Latin America, however, we argue that measures to guarantee more safety in our streets should not be disproportionate. [emphasis added]

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**** *** ** ********* report. ** **** ** can *** **** ******* in ***** ***** ******** countries. *** ******** ***** regarding ****** **** ** the ****** ** **** Latin ******** *********** ******* that ******* ***/** ******* catches *********, **** ** fact ******, ********* *** protocolos **. *** ********* mentioned **** **** **** the ******** ********** *** and *** ******* **** politicians ** ** ** and ****´** ****** ** do ** ****** **** are **** *********** *** it.

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********** ******** ***** * major **** ***, ** my *******, *** ************ should ** *********** *** to *** ******* ****** standards.

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**** ******** ******! * think ** **** **** further ******* ** ******* and ** *** ******* basis ** **** **** out **** *** ***** of *********** ** ******* PRC ****** *** *** largest ***** *** ******** such ****** *** ******* else *** **********.

** **** *********, *** instance, ******* *** ****** are *** **** ******* that ***** ****** **** government ********** *********, ****** government ********* -*** ******** paid- ** ***** **** very ****** ***** ****** the *****.

*** ***** *** ***** for **** ** **** a ******* ******** *******?

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****** ********** ********* -*** expenses ****- ** ***** were **** ****** ***** before *** *****.

* **** **** ***** of **** *** **** a **** *** **** recently (*.*. ****** *** last *** *****) **** working ** ************ ******** relationships **** ***** ******* organizations *** ******** *** to ***** ************* ***********/**** outlets **** ***** ******* with **** ** ** an *****é ** ******** government ********* ****** ***-*******-**** trips ** ******** ** visit ********* *** *****. This ** ********* ** incredibly ********* ***** *** IPVM *****'* **** *** requisite ********* ** **** on ********, **********, *** requests, ***. **** ** Access *** ********* **** three ***** ************* ** this ******, **** ***** likely **** ** ** the **** **** ********* China **** ********. ** you ***** **** ** discuss *******, **** **** to ***** ** ** e-mail *********@****.***.

*** ***** *** ***** for **** ** **** a ******* ******** *******?

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* *** **** *** that **** ** ****** known **** ** *****. Your **** ******** ********** is ***-***. ****** *** covid *** ****** ** the ******* ******** ********. IPVM ******** **** * big ********* *** *** community ** *****. *** IEC-ISO ******* ****** * reference **** *** ***** read/some ****** **.

***-*** ***** ********* *** their ************* **** **** to **** *** ***** that **** *** * hater *** **** ** the *** ********** ********* in *** ***** ***. I *** ***** * book ** *** ***-****** that * **** **** here. ** ** **.

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***-*** ***** ********* *** their ************* **** **** to **** *** ***** that **** *** * hater

** **** ** **** proactively ** **** **** someone ****** ** **? It ***** ****** ** as ***** ** ** proactively.

** *** *** ** government, ** **** **** criticizing ********* ***** ****** the ***** ***. **** has **** ***** ** for ** **** ***** that ********* *** ******** attacking ** **** ** 2017 (****** *** '***** war') *** *** ********** from **** - ****, e.g. ****:********* ******* ****

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* ***** ******* *************, NDAA, ***-***, *** ***** Ban ***** **** ***** topics. * ***** *** half ** *** **** end ***** *** ******* aware ** *** *****. When * *** **** where **** ***** *** about ** ***% ** the **** *** ****** is: ****.

** *** *********** ********* end ***** *** **** by *** ***-*** **** that *** ***** ****** are ***** *** *****: "a **** / ***** campaign" ** *********** *** PR-Outlets. ******* ********* **** what **** ******* *********** in ***** ********, ****** that ***** ** *** an ****-******* *******.

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* ****** *** ***** will ******* ****** ******* them:

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**** *** * ***** and **** ** *** USA ********** ********* ** the ***** ***.

***** ***** ** *'** been ***** ***** * few ***** ******* ** IPVM ** ********/**********/********* ** the ** **********, ***** it ** ***.

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"***** ***** ** *'** been ***** ***** * few ***** ******* ** IPVM ** ********/**********/********* ** the ** **********, ***** it ** ***."

*** ** **** ***** this ***:)

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****** ***'* ****** *** IPVM **** ****** ** in**** ********* *** *******-******** ******* of ******'* ****** ** news *******:

*************** ** **é**** ******: informe ******* *ó** ********* incrementan ** ***

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