Unflattering spotlight grows brighter on Chinese biometric surveillance firms
The pressure campaign to get Chinese facial recognition firm Tiandy Technologies on a sanctions or export control list has not waned.
A U.S. pro-democracy group has issued a lengthy memo making the case that, while other Chinese biometric technology companies have been sanctioned in some way by Washington, Tiandy has not.
The author of the document, Craig Singleton, a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, makes the case at length that Tiandy is controlled by China’s authoritarian Communist Party. And it is the party that has designed unquestionably anti-democratic policies including the repression of political and cultural minorities.
Singleton also documents sales of Tiandy’s CCTV cameras and surveillance software to Iran, another oppressive anti-democratic regime, currently battling to erase opposition to top-down religious edicts.
Singleton wants Tiandy, its owner and stakeholders sanctioned according to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act because evidence indicates that the company is directly or indirectly engaged in “serious human rights abuse.”
Iran should feel the heat, too, he says, citing a presidential executive order calling for sanctions on anyone who uses communications and IT systems that monitor or track people as part of human rights abuses.