News2020.02.26 10:12

Chinese CCTVs in Lithuania's Kaunas raise security concerns

BNS 2020.02.26 10:12

Lithuania's second largest city Kaunas is installing CCTV systems produced by China's Hikvision that are banned in the US.

LRT Investigation Team reported earlier in February that the US has banned Hikvision cameras due to security loopholes that allow remote access. Kaunas' residents have also voiced concerns, according to the Kauno Diena daily.

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Edvardas Šileris from the Lithuanian police said the worries are unfounded as the data is kept in secure police servers. The majority of the new cameras in Kaunas will monitor traffic and will not be used for facial recognition, he added.

Audrius Stasiulaitis, PR head at Telia Lietuva which is installing the new cameras in Kaunas, said Chinese products offer the lowest price.

The installation of 240 CCTV cameras in Kaunas began last autumn after Telia Lietuva signed a 840,000-euro contract with the municipality.

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