Hikvision Quits SIA, Blames IPVM "Bullies"By John Honovich, Published Jul 22, 2021, 09:39am EDT
Hikvision called IPVM "bullies" decrying that IPVM had "harassed and maligned" Hikvision, in a letter, reported by SIW, justifying Hikvision's resignation from the Security Industry Association.
SIW says Hikvision:
reached the point where it no longer wants to share membership in the organization alongside security industry publication IPVM
They hid from SIW that Hikvision was being investigated for violating SIA's ethics code and that Hikvision risked being expelled like Dahua was recently, making it the PRC government organization equivalent of "You can't fire me, I quit!"
Governments Condemning Hikvision
While Hikvision is upset with IPVM, the company's far larger problem is increasing government recognition of Hikvision's unethical behavior and human rights abuses, including:
- The UK Foreign Affairs Committee recommending banning Hikvision from the UK
- The Norway Council of Ethics determining that Hikvision human rights abuses are ongoing.
- The US government's NDAA banning Hikvision for cybersecurity risks.
- The US government sanctioning Hikvision for human rights abuses.
- The US FCC's impending plan to ban authorizations of Hikvision products.
Hikvision criticized IPVM:
No doubt, these bullies have intimidated and silenced many in the industry
Fever Screening Example
IPVM's so-called "intimidation" consists of us, e.g., investigating that 50 Hikvision fever tablets were installed in school buses, approved by Hikvision's sales manager, that wasted $100,000+ and put the children and their families at risk:
Hikvision refused to comment or do anything. By contrast, SIA asked for a crackdown on such marketing and use. Even Dahua has now admitted that bus fever screening is ineffective.
Especially outstanding was Hikvision's claim in the letter that they "try to compete fairly in the marketplace". This, a company created and controlled by the PRC government that uses its enormous size and protected home market to crush competitors.
Hikvision criticized what they believe is IPVM's "opaque financial motives".
In fairness, Hikvision's financial motives are translucent - they will abuse human rights and put people's lives at risk for profit.
We are only "opaque" to Hikvision because they cannot understand putting ethics over profits. We would make far more money joining the Hikvision team, like the former Senator they hired, than selling low-cost memberships and online training courses that we do.
A few years ago, 3 senior Hikvision employees interrogated me with a long list of questions in a small hotel conference room. Then, as now, they simply could not fathom why we do what we do. They had easily bought advertising, sponsorships, and given free trips to China for the industry media. And yet IPVM refused.
A PRC government organization with 40,000+ employees, Hikvision cannot control IPVM, an American small business with just 25.
But that is the strength they still cannot grasp. A determination to do what is right at the expense of money. A commitment to free press, free speech, and a free world.
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