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UK Bans Chinese Surveillance Gear From Sensitive State Premises

  • Cabinet Office cites assessment of current and potential risks
  • Advises departments to consider removing existing equipment

The UK government will no longer deploy surveillance equipment made by Chinese companies at sites it considers sensitive, minister Oliver Dowden said in a statement Thursday.

“Since security considerations are always paramount around these sites, we are taking action now to prevent any security risks materialising,” Dowden said. The government’s decision was based on a review of current and future possible security risks arising from the installation of visual surveillance systems on the government estate.