Why the UK Government is banning Chinese security cameras in some sites

Surveillance camera in front of Big Ben in London, UK
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Departments within the UK government have been instructed in a new recent policy to cease the deployment of visual surveillance systems that have been produced by companies and manufacturers that are subject to the National Intelligence Law of the People’s Republic of China.

Identified as a current and future possible security risk to the UK with the increasing capability and connectivity of these surveillance security camera systems, additional controls are required where these units have been installed on government estates, as well as what the policy refers to as 'sensitive areas' in the UK.

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.