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Chinese-made spy cameras will keep eye on coronation crowd

By Christopher Kirkman
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May 6, 2023

Security concerns over the upcoming coronation of King Charles III have risen over the report of Chinese-made CCTV cameras will be watching the event.

The same cameras had previously been banned in other government departments over spying concerns.

The Concern

"Thirty-eight of the devices by Hikvision, which has worked closely with China's military, have been specially erected along the parade route stretching from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square," the Daily Mail reported.

"The cameras can capture 'up to five faces at the same time' and offer 'human and vehicle targets classification based on deep learning,' according to the manufacturer's brochure," it added.

A Past Concern

It's not the first time the cameras have been a source of controversy related to the king's security.

"Surveillance cameras owned by a company controlled by the Chinese Communist Party have been found on King Charles III's Sandringham Estate, it has been reported," according to The Sun in March.

"CCTV cameras manufactured by Hikvision are said to be used at multiple locations on Sandringham Estate, where the royal family spend their Christmases," it noted.

"Hikvision cameras are also situated at the building of UK Government Investments – an arm of the Treasury – which manages state-backed companies such as NatWest, Channel 4 and HM Land Registry," the Daily Mail previously reported.

The outlet also noted that British Army bases were still using the Chinese cameras despite security concerns over control of the devices and their footage by the CCP.

"CCTV cameras by Hikvision – which in the past has worked closely with China's People's Liberation Army – have been banned by the US Government from all federal agencies," it added.

The news comes just one day before the highly anticipated events associated with the coronation of Charles III.

The nation has not held a coronation for 70 years, with the ceremony a new event for most of those living in the U.K.

Tens of thousands of people are expected on hand for the event, with millions likely viewing live online and from various networks around the globe as security concerns run high at the prestigious gathering.