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A Congress MLA from Arunachal Pradesh has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct a ban on the installation of Chinese Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in government offices followed by a public awareness campaign educating people against its use in their homes.
“An estimate by the centre showed that there were over 2 million CCTVs installed across India, with over 90% of them made by companies that are partially owned by the Chinese government. Even more worrisome is the fact that more than half of these are installed in India’s government departments,” he said.
The Arunachal lawmaker also highlighted how Internet Protocol (IP) cameras, often used in CCTV networks, and internet- operated Digital Video Recording (DVR) devices were compromised in the operation by the Chinese hackers.
“Hence, I will request that you immediately direct a ban on the installation of Chinese CCTV systems in Indian government offices. This can be followed by a launch of a public awareness campaign educating people against using Chinese CCTVs in their homes,” he added.