IFSEC Report: US Ban Hurting Hikvision In EuropeBy: John Honovich, Published on Sep 04, 2019
More than 70% of respondents were from Europe and virtually no respondents were from the US, showing an impact beyond the US, where the ban only directly applies.
For the past year, European industry professionals partnered with PRC video surveillance manufacturers have often argued vehemently that this was a US-only issue.
Indeed, IFSEC also called out the concerns from China (PRC) repressing Muslims with video surveillance:
Given the profound benefits for public safety and security, it would be a shame if the face recognition industry, regulators and law enforcement failed to assuage legitimate privacy concerns. The Chinese state’s use of facial recognition to repress its Uighur Muslim population and penalise citizens judged to be engaging in antisocial behaviour8 isn’t helping in this matter. [emphasis added]
Related, see: Hikvision Cameras Covering Concentration Camps.
Risk Hikvision Business With IFSEC
This does jeopardize IFSEC's business with Hikvision, who for the past few years has been IFSEC's largest video surveillance exhibitor. Hikvision historically has been clear about its opposition to its marketing partners speaking about such issues.
US Ban Legitimizes Public Discussion
The US ban has further legitimized public discussion of PRC video surveillance manufacturer risks. For example, this is the first time we recall IFSEC actually commenting on Hikvision risks. However, they join an increasing number of outlets covering this:
- Security Sales: U.S. Defense Bill Signed Into Law Bans Dahua, Hikvision Products,
- SecurityInfoWatch: Life after the NDAA
- SecurityInformed: U.S. Interim Rule Provides Details Of Chinese Ban Effective August 13
- Security Systems News: Regulation implementing NDAA procurement ban announced
Hikvision: Don't Talk About Politics
Over the years, Hikvision has emphasized to IPVM that we (and other industry media) should not talk about politics.
What is happening here, and what the IFSEC report further underscores, is that Hikvision was smart to understand that talking about politics would be negative for the company's business.
Hikvision Owned By The PRC Government
On the other hand, there is no reason to feel bad for Hikvision. As Hikvision knows better than Western industry professionals, the PRC government created, owned and controlled organization has benefited far, far more from PRC 'politics' than they will from the West's response.