Americans Reject Chinese and US Government Cloud Video Recording

Author: John Honovich, Published on Feb 17, 2016

Americans overwhelmingly rejected both Chinese and US government owned cloud video recording, in Google consumer surveys run by IPVM. This is especially noteworthy as Hikvision continues its rapid, deceptive expansion to get US consumers to unknowingly put Chinese government controlled products into their homes.

In this note, we examine the survey results and the meaning for the market.

Background

Even without any government control, a majority of Americans are not ok with cloud recorded video:

See the full survey results here.

US Govt Opposition

Americans are even more opposed if the US government owns the company recording the video, with ~60% against and less than 10% for:

See the full US govt survey results here.

Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox
Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox

Note: There are no companies owned by the US government offering cloud video recording. This question was included simply to understand American perception about potential government involvement.

Chinese Govt Opposition

Americans are most opposed to the Chinese government owning companies recording the video, with ~70% opposed:

See the full Chinese govt survey results here.

Hikvision's Danger

Hikvision's Ezviz initiative means that Hikvision has direct access to see video from millions of cameras, growing every day. Worse, because Hikvision pretends that Ezviz is a US based startup in their marketing, consumers have no idea their home security video is being connected to the cloud of Chinese government owned company.

Government Danger

Both the Chinese and US government have poor track records of hacking / accessing consumer devices. These concerns continue to grow on both sides, with the Chinese government's recent anti-terrorism law forcing backdoors and the US government pushing for backdoors (see Apple CEO's public letter against the FBI).

If cloud video surveillance is really going to grow, all providers, and especially those directly controlled by governments (Hikvision), are going to need to prove that they can secure and protect their customers from the intrusion of governments. Either that, or convince people that a cheap home cam is worth the tradeoff of giving the Communist party 24/7 look-in privileges.

2 reports cite this report:

Home More Secure Than Cloud, Says Consumers on Mar 21, 2016
American consumers have major concerns with the security of cloud services, according to two new Google Consumer surveys IPVM has run. In this...
Hikvision Ezviz Touts Robust Security on Mar 11, 2016
Hikvision's poor security track record, Chinese government ownership and hiding of their own brand in the consumer space has raised many concerns...
Comments (28): PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

Assa Abloy Acquires August on Oct 23, 2017
The mega access control manufacturer, Assa Abbloy, has acquired one of the most well funded access control startups, smart lock...
Cisco Falling - Favorite Network Switches 2017 on Oct 20, 2017
1 major manufacturer fell and 1 outsider manufacturer gained as integrator favorites for network switches from more than 140 votes / explanations...
Search More Important Than Live Monitoring - Statistics on Oct 18, 2017
Search is overall more important than live monitoring to integrators, according to new IPVM statistics.  The key themes found in integrator...
Competing Against Siemens on Oct 16, 2017
Siemens entered the integration business with 15,000+ customers, through their acquisition of Security Technologies Group in 2001. Since that time,...
Top Problems Searching Surveillance Video (Statistics) on Oct 13, 2017
When crimes, accidents or incidents happen, the video surveillance system is a key component in finding out and proving what actually...
Surveillance Systems Remote Access Usage Statistics on Oct 11, 2017
Remote access is a major benefit and risk for video surveillance. It is a benefit because it allows users to manage security or review...
Favorite Integrator Mobile Phones 2017 on Oct 06, 2017
Smartphones are more critical than ever before, with integrators relying on them not only for contact while in the field, but for business...
Exporting Video Surveillance Tutorial on Oct 05, 2017
Exporting video surveillance is important when incidents or crimes occur. However, there are multiple ways to export video which have their pros...
Improving Project Registration Guide on Sep 29, 2017
Manufacturers want integrators to register large projects. Integrators want the discounts that come with registration, but not some of the other...
Integrator Camera Optimization Preferences on Sep 27, 2017
How do integrators make cameras 'better'? What settings or optimizations do they change? ~150 integrators told IPVM what they do. First, they...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Anixter End User Sales Troubles on Oct 23, 2017
End user sales have and continue to be a major problem for Anixter's physical security business. Every year, according to various Anixter people,...
Assa Abloy Acquires August on Oct 23, 2017
The mega access control manufacturer, Assa Abbloy, has acquired one of the most well funded access control startups, smart lock...
Axis Q3 2017 Financial Results on Oct 23, 2017
A big issue for Axis this past quarter was their product shortage. Despite that, new Q3 numbers for Axis show solid financial results. In this...
Cisco Falling - Favorite Network Switches 2017 on Oct 20, 2017
1 major manufacturer fell and 1 outsider manufacturer gained as integrator favorites for network switches from more than 140 votes / explanations...
Uniview Recorder Backdoor Examined on Oct 20, 2017
A Chinese research group has identified a vulnerability in Uniview recorders that allows backdoor access in a method similar to the Dahua...
Hikvision Access Control Tested on Oct 19, 2017
Hikvision aggressive pricing and marketing combined with generally reliable hardware and free software has made them a major player in video...
Verkada, Silicon Valley VSaaS Startup, Targets Enterprise on Oct 19, 2017
Verkada says they are building an enterprise-class VSaaS offering, calling it "The new platform for video security". This is a departure from the...
Exacq Unbreaks Avigilon Integration on Oct 18, 2017
For nearly 4 years, Exacq had broken and effectively blocked use with Avigilon cameras, as IPVM reported in January 2014. Now, Exacq has...
Search More Important Than Live Monitoring - Statistics on Oct 18, 2017
Search is overall more important than live monitoring to integrators, according to new IPVM statistics.  The key themes found in integrator...
Axis 'Sold Out' P3707-PVE Multi-Imager Tested on Oct 18, 2017
Axis faced significant product shortages over the summer. Perhaps the most notorious and significantly sold out model was the Axis P3707-PE 8MP...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact