"Hikvision Football Arena" Lithuania Causes Controversy

By Charles Rollet, Published Jan 24, 2020, 02:05am EST (Info+)

Controversy has arisen in Lithuania over Hikvision becoming a soccer team's top sponsor and gaining naming rights to their arena, with one local MP even comparing the company to the "Gulag or Gestapo".

In this note, we provide an overview of the controversy, Hikvision's response, and what this means for the firm.

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Comments (5)

At Least Lithuanian football was mentioned, not in context I would like to, but anyway...

By the way - FK Suduva is based in Marijampole, mistype in article.

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I fixed the typo, thanks Kestutis!

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Just want to say thanks for bringing this up and doing the investigation. I would have never guessed, and probably not discovered, this kind of information if not for your efforts Charles. Can't say that it uplifted my day... but knowledge is power and I appreciate your work.

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Thanks a lot Zachary, much appreciated!

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If a member of the IPVM team could please hack into the cameras and broadcast the security stream, that would be awesome. Just kidding, of course!

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