Zoom In On Pri­vacy

Jan­uary 22, 2018

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Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics from con­sul­tancy firm IHS Markit,

China has in­stalled 176 mil­lion sur­veil­lance cam­eras in both pub­lic and pri­vate ar­eas, and the num­ber is ex­pected to hit 626 mil­lion in three years. Sur­veil­lance cam­eras are in­stalled at home mainly for se­cu­rity or to keep an eye on chil­dren when par­ents are at work. Cam­eras at home, how­ever, have fallen prey to ram­pant hack­ing ac­tiv­i­ties thanks to loop­holes in­clud­ing prod­uct de­fects, weak pro­tec­tion in the cloud and weak pass­words. A grow­ing num­ber of pri­vate mo­ments at home have been pub­licly ex­posed, and even sold to porn pro­gram providers, form­ing a com­plete in­dus­trial chain. In June 2017, the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine an­nounced that 80 per­cent of sur­veil­lance cam­eras in China were prone to se­cu­rity loop­holes, in­clud­ing sev­eral of the coun­try's top brands. The low mar­ket en­try cri­te­ria for cam­era pro­duc­ers, cou­pled with the ab­sence of a com­pre­hen­sive se­cu­rity stan­dard have con­trib­uted to the preva­lence of in­va­sions of pri­vacy.

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