Ecuador’s intelligence agency has access to a vast Chinese-made surveillance system which could be used to spy on its citizens, a report from The New York Times has discovered.
The discovery is likely to increase concerns about the use of Chinese-made surveillance state equipment around the world.
The ECU-911 system used in Ecuador was manufactured jointly by China’s state-backed C.E.I.E.C and Huawei, and consists of as many as 4,200 cameras, monitored by 16 centers and around 3,000 employees.
The system lets the government track phones, and may soon be upgraded with facial-recognition capabilities, according to The New York Times.
Outside of Ecuador, similar systems have been sold to Venzuela, Bolivia, and Angola, and the NYT reports that as many as 18 countries worldwide are currently using Chinese-made monitoring systems.
China isn’t the first country to have produced this technology, but activists are concerned that it has made these systems vastly cheaper for other countries to install, use, and ultimately, abuse.
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