The UK's Department of Health and Social Care, which oversees the country's sprawling National Health Service (NHS), has purchased legal advice about removing its Hikvision cameras, IPVM has confirmed.
A prior report in UK newspaper The Telegraph, based on an anonymous source, said the DHSC would ban new Hikvision purchases due to "ethical concerns" but leave existing cameras in place. Now, DHSC is seeking to remove existing Hikvision gear as well, with the legal review set to be completed in a month.
If the removals are approved, this would mark a significant setback for Hikvision, potentially clearing the way for other government departments to follow. Conversely, if removals are deemed legally risky, this could make full Hikvision bans more difficult.
In this report, IPVM examines this news and its potential impact.