Dahua Responds, Caught LyingBy John Honovich, Published Feb 11, 2021, 11:51am EST
Dahua admitted that the Dahua documents IPVM discovered are authentic:
Based on the Company’s internal review, the relevant documents reported by certain media are historical internal software design documents.
The 'history' for these documents is very recent - March 2019 to December 2020, just 2 months ago.
In December 2020, Dahua's 'big data' guide for its PRC police projects listed support for tracking "Uyghurs with hidden terrorist inclination' alongside drug addicts, thieves, prostitutes, fugitives, gangsters, fraudsters, excerpted below:
This was an internal document that Dahua thought would never be made public.
Lied To SCMP
However, a month before that, in November 2020, Dahua told the SCMP:
Dahua Technology does not sell products that feature [an] ethnicity-focused recognition function [emphasis added]
Xinjiang vs Rest of PRC "Warnings"
Now, Dahua's new statement, following the LA Times / IPVM report, does not deny selling ethnicity detection, just not in particular 'regional markets':
does not provide products and services for ethnicity detection in such regional markets. [emphasis added]
Dahua's Director of Marketing Jiaqi Gao emailed IPVM today qualifying that the region is Xinjiang:
We never provided products or services for ethnicity detection in Xinjiang, PRC
But Uyghur detection in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is not the point, since Xinjiang is the Uyghur homeland, and such warnings would go off constantly. Indeed, the PRC has much more draconian ways of controlling Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
The point of Dahua selling and operating "real-time Uyghur detection" is to alert police throughout the rest of China when a Uyghur is spotted outside of Xinjiang. It is big business for Dahua and terrifying for Uyghurs who are warned against, using Dahua video surveillance, for the 'crime' of being Uyghur.
Dahua lying to the SCMP was not their first time lying about persecuting Uyghurs.
Lied After Sanctions
Dahua posted a similar 'notice' after the US sanctioned Dahua for human rights abuses of Uyghurs in October 2019, declaring:
With regard to U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision on adding Dahua Technology to the Entity List, we express our strong protest to such decision, which is in lack of any factual basis, and call on the U.S. government to reconsider on it. [Emphasis Added]
The factual basis was significant including Dahua constructing and operating police stations in Xinjiang.
Moreover, our new investigation found a March 2019 Dahua test report of its face analytics mentioning "real time Uyghur warnings" thirteen separate times, including:
As can be seen above, Dahua marked this as "Pass", meaning "real time Uyghur warnings" was included/functional 7 months before US sanctions were enacted.
Not In The Future
Dahua's new statement pledges that they will not offer this 'in the future':
Dahua will not provide the features or applications in the software products in the future.
Dahua has repeatedly lied about its actions yet now Dahua expects the public to believe they will not do it again.
Dahua has created an alarming situation with its combination of systematic human rights abuses and flagrant lying to the public.
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