US Retail Giants Stop Selling Chinese Surveillance Tech Linked to Xinjiang

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Two home-improvement retail giants, Home Depot and Lowe’s, and physics retail superstore Best Buy person precocious removed products made by 2 Chinese companies with ties to quality rights abuses successful China.

Chinese video surveillance exertion makers Lorex and Ezviz are some owned by companies headquartered successful China that were added to the U.S. commercialized blacklist successful 2019, implicit Beijing’s attraction of Uyghurs and different predominantly Muslim taste minorities.

In a 2019 statement, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said that “the U.S. Government and Department of Commerce cannot and volition not tolerate the brutal suppression of taste minorities wrong China.”

Home Depot told TechCrunch that it was “committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical sourcing and [it] instantly stopped selling products from Lorex erstwhile this was brought to [its] attention.”

Best Buy besides told TechCrunch that it was “discontinuing its relationship” with some Lorex and Ezviz.

Lowe’s dropped products from some Chinese companies aft TechCrunch and IPVM, a surveillance manufacture probe radical based successful Pennsylvania, inquired astir cybersecurity and quality rights concerns but did not respond straight to IPVM/TechCrunch, according to a report.

Home Depot pulled Lorex products disconnected its website 4 days aft IPVM and TechCrunch reached retired to the location betterment store.

Lorex is simply a subsidiary of Dahua Technology, and Ezviz is simply a video surveillance camera marque owned by Hikvision.

According to a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), citing a New York Times report, “Hikvision and Dahua created a facial designation strategy designed to place taste minorities but began to signifier it retired successful 2018.”

However, Dahua said connected its website that it “has not and ne'er volition make solutions targeting immoderate circumstantial taste group.”

The Department of Commerce blacklisted 28 Chinese entities successful October 2019, which prevented the companies from sourcing products and components from U.S. companies without support from U.S. authorities.

CSIS besides made notation to a New York Times’ study suggesting that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) had been exporting surveillance technologies and methods to different governments astir the globe, which poses a information interest to the United States.

Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) told IPVM successful a connection that “no institution successful the United States should beryllium accepting oregon selling immoderate products that could perchance let Chinese surveillance connected millions of unknowing Americans.”

“Today, the Chinese Communist Party is embarking connected a thrust for tech-enabled planetary hegemony and American companies indispensable not supply enactment for this effort,” Tenney added.

She besides urged the authorities to enforce user extortion and telecommunication information laws and “hold to relationship immoderate steadfast that imports re-labeled prohibited goods and sells them to unwitting consumers.”

Tammy Hung

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