On 8th October, the BBC reported that 28 organisations – include both government agencies and technology companies specialising in surveillance equipment – have been added to the Commerce Department’s Entity List, which bars them from buying products from US companies without approval from Washington. It imposes additional licence requirements on, and limits the availability, of most license exceptions for, exports, reexports, and transfers. The organisations are said to be implicated in “China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups”. Hikvision, Dahua Technology and Megvii Technology are among 8 commercial groups on the list, all of which specialise in facial-recognition technology.
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