The Chinese firm, whose subsidiary has been chosen by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to supply closed-circuit television cameras is on the watch list of the security agencies in the United States, Economic Times reports.
According to the report, US security agencies have also issued an advisory against the company for threats such as remote hacking and potential backdoor access. While the Us Air Force last year cancelled a contract with the company, issues of security threats have also been raised in the United Kingdom.
Various groups have also raised concerns over the fact that the company is owned by the Chinese government, which is known to have used state-owned companies to spy on adversaries and steal trade secrets.
As part of the proposed deal, public sector unit Bharat Electronics Limited will supply cameras manufactured by Prama Hikvision India Private Limited. The company, according to one of its senior employee, is a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology.
In its defence, the Delhi government has claimed that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and the Defence Research and Development Organisation have procured cameras from Hikvision in the past.
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