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UK Government Cabinet Office asks departments not to install Chinese surveillance cameras

Chinese security camera in Hong Kong (File) – LIAU CHUNG-REN / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACT PHOTO

The cabinet office of the UK Government has ordered the different ministerial departments to stop installing surveillance cameras made by Chinese companies in places considered “sensitive” for security reasons.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Oliver Dowden, has indicated in a statement that, after a security review, no equipment of this type should reconnect to central networks, especially in the most sensitive sites, as reported by the BBC. .

In this sense, the British Government has expressed that, since companies in China must comply with the national intelligence law, which requires them to cooperate with Chinese intelligence services, they should no longer be used because they pose a risk to the United Kingdom.

“Since security considerations are always paramount on these sites, we are taking steps now to prevent any security risk from materializing,” Dowden said, according to Sky News.

This measure comes after the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has recognized that Beijing represents a “systemic challenge” in the framework of the G20 summit that was held last week in Bali, Indonesia.

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