TechCrunch: U.S. towns are buying Chinese surveillance tech tied to Uighur abuses
Tue May, 2021, Age: 3 years
At least a hundred U.S. counties, towns and cities have bought surveillance systems made by Chinese companies Hikvision and Dahua, which the U.S. government has linked to human rights abuses connected with the PRC’s authoritarian surveillance networks in Xinjiang. Congress has also banned U.S. federal agencies from procuring new Hikvision and Dahua technology or renewing contracts over fears that their products could be vulnerable to Chinese government espionage. But these regulations do not apply to local governments at the state and city level so long as federal funds are not used to purchase the equipment, which includes video cameras and thermal imaging scanners.