Hikvision Scrutinized In The Netherlands

By Charles Rollet, Published Aug 15, 2019, 08:30am EDT

Hikvision is facing unprecedented scrutiny in the Netherlands, at the same time the US government ban has taken effect.

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This week, a Dutch public broadcaster ran an investigation about Hikvision cameras in the Netherlands, highlighting the NDAA ban and Hikvision use in Xinjiang.

Meanwhile, Dutch politicians recently proposed a parliamentary motion asking the government to investigate the use of Hikvision and Dahua cameras.

In this post, we examine the news, Hikvision's response, and possible impact.

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*** ****** ***** * number ** ********:

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#*************** *** ******* ***** cheaply **** *** ******* of *** ******* **********. But **** *** *** long-term ************? ** **** set ****** ** **** recognition *** ************ *********

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**** **** **** ********** the ****** ** *** motion *** ************** **** the ***********. ********* ************* scrutiny ** ********* ** unwelcome *********** *** *********, given **** *** ****** HQ ** ** *** Netherlands.

Comments (8)

Puts them in a tough spot. If they did not house the European headquarters it would probably be much easier to make a decision.

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When you are in 'b*lls deep' it's very hard to get out and that is the situation in Holland in general. A EU HQ in Hoofddorp, sponsoring at AJAX, cameras at training grounds and other soccer pitches around the country and many loyal followers who simply don't want to know about Chinese Goverment involvement, Human Rights etc. It will be an interesting story to follow as several politicians are not letting this one go easy.

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It will be interesting to see if this gains any traction.

A similar movement in the UK failed quite miserably! As reported here 3 UK MPs Call For Investigating Hikvision Over Xinjiang

It would seem that any country not seeking a trade war with China can’t be bothered...

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failed quite miserably

It remains to be seen how it evolves. Maybe the US rescinds the Hikua ban tomorrow, maybe the UK joins the US next year, etc.

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Absolutely John, I’m not saying that the US is wrong (or right) in what they have/will do.

I’m very interested in what happens, if other countries go for a ban or restrictions it could gain traction around the world, which in turn COULD change our industry significantly...

I feel that this has less to do with changing CN and more about general politics...

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I feel that this has less to do with changing CN and more about general politics...

You grabbed the point. The relationship with China is not as black & white as it is in the US. China pumps a huge amount of money into EU countries; e.g. to the Eastern and Balkan members. If politicians in those countries are not "feeling" to ask questions regarding Hikvision and Dahua, nothing will happen. I would not bet a huge amount on the European ban...

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Recently, an industry colleague likened Hikvision to Amazon...

“they're everywhere, in every community, in retail, in distribution, they know who your friends and relatives are, they control vast amounts of the internet and [almost] everyone sends data to them or through them whether they like it or not”

Amazon has and does leverage a massive amount of data on us as an individual!

interestingly, Amazon have been exposed over the last few years for the treatment of staff (there was even a death in a UK fulfilment centre around Christmas 2017).

couriers are heavily penalised for not making deliveries- so much so that they will now leave your parcel in a wheelie bin (along with the rubbish!) or throw it over an 8’ wall in the rain!

Amazon UK have just started a massive PR campaign on TV and targeted ads, you can even go for a tour of certain facilities!.

now to the final point... as you reported that liaison officers of the Chinese Gov have now been officially embedded in Hikvision (we knew they were there before anyway) would it change our interactions and buying habits if US/UK/EU government appointed officials were embedded within Amazon?

would you think that Amazon would be more likely to improve staff welfare because of it?

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...you reported that liaison officers of the Chinese Gov have now been officially embedded in Hikvision (we knew they were there before anyway) would it change our interactions and buying habits if US/UK/EU government appointed officials were embedded within Amazon?

imho, this is like asking “if frogs had wings could they fly like a bird?”

1) frogs don’t have wings

2) they’re unlikely to have them in the near future

3) but if they did get wings, they’re unlikely to function like a bird anyway

4) if they did get wings and they did function like a bird’s, it probably wasn’t a frog anymore.

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