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.
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
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.