Massive Leak Of Chinese VMS Provider Exposes Xinjiang Surveillance

By: Charles Rollet, Published on Feb 20, 2019

A subsidiary of China’s claimed largest VMS provider is tracking the precise location and ethnicity of millions in China’s Xinjiang region, according to a massive data leak.

The news made headlines around the world, in large part due to a growing international outcry over the Chinese government’s strict surveillance and mass detention of members of the Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang.

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In this note, we examine how the leak happened, which video surveillance companies are involved, and other factors, including:

  • What Happened
  • Types of Data Collected
  • Subsidiary Details
  • SenseTime relationship
  • NetPosa Background
  • Intel's Investment
  • Hikvision/Dahua Competition
  • Cybersecurity, Ethics Concerns
  • Impact

Overall, the leak raises significant privacy and human rights concerns about how video surveillance data is processed in China, a country whose firms now dominate much of the video surveillance industry.

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********* *****’* ******* *** provider *** *** ***** largest *** ******** ** the *****,********* ** *** *******, ****** ***. *** flagship *** ** ******“***” ** ***** ***** Gateway.

******* ***** **** ** its ******** **** ********* VMS ******** ** ******* police. ** * *&* session**** ********* ** ****, ******* ******:

*** **** ******** ** the ******* ** ****** focused ** ****** ******** customers.

** *** **** *&*, NetPosa **** *** *** was **** ** ***** 3.5 ******* ******* **** by ******* ***********. ** contrast, **** *** ***** seen ******* **** ****** itself ** ***** *******.

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