Australia is removing a popular Chinese security camera brand Hikvision from government and enterprise use. But Hikvision is back under the name EZVIZ.
EZVIZ is 100% owned by Hikvision and focuses on getting into the consumer and small business space.
The Australian National Law Review reports the Federal Government will remove all Hikvision cameras from all Government, Military, Police, Health and Education use. The State Governments should follow suit.
This follows the US Blacklisting of EZVIZ/Hikvision in October 2019. It alleges that the cameras form a spying network accessible by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). On 13 August 2020, it formally banned EZVIZ/Hikvision and called on it to stop using facial and biometric recognition of its citizens.
BTW – Hikvision and Dahua (another banned security brand) were widely sold in Australia. We understand that past resellers have dumped the brand, and the sole sales distributor is closely connected to Hikvision.
Here is what we know about EZVIZ
We reported on EZVIS and Hikvision ownership in October 2018.
EZVIZ is a 100% subsidiary of Hikvision.
EZVIZ (Est. 2013) describes itself as a Californian-based smart home security company. It provides features like facial recognition to identify who’s at your door.
EZVIZ has no retail bricks and mortar presence in Australia selling via Amazon.com US or the EZVIZ website. Incidentally, its website re-directs to the US website to make it look kosher.
EZVIZ is a Chinese-state-owned company heavily marked as a ‘US product’ via social media. It employs PR companies across the globe to present its US-centric message issuing releases headed “California …”
It is far more about data harvesting than we consider necessary for an IoT device. We would have to make it clear in any reviews that Australian’s should not agree to it. Certainly, in the present climate, Australian’s should not agree to any security footage in a China-based cloud.
Whitewashed image is just wrong says CNET
CNET said (paraphrased)
“EZVIZ’s presence at CES gives them a global platform and an opportunity to present themselves as a friendly, tech-savvy organisation. It lends them an air of legitimacy right after the US government sanctioned them.”
Beware – a lot of Chinese companies are now US-washing to get over any potential backlash against trade sanctions.
GadgetGuy’s take – Fact: EZVIZ is Hikvision
A tsunami of Chinese brands have recently asked us to review their products. That is fine as China makes the lion’s share of IT and IoT.