Dahua-Lorex & Hikvision Products Banned in USA by the FCC
October 25th 2021
The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) made it official and voted unanimously to stop the sale of all future products from these companies by denying them new FCC licenses. While the NDAA 2019 law banned these companies from being used in government facilities, this action now makes it illegal for them to sell new products into any US market.
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We were contacted by the CEO of Lorex, who wanted to explain that if they buy equipment from other suppliers (not the company that owns them) and brands the equipment as Lorex, then the equipment would not fall under the recent NDAA law or the FCC ban. While we appreciate the effort on his part, we do not believe this is an accurate interpretation of the NDAA law. Since Lorex is a retail brand for Dahua, we believe that the law applies to them as well. Our understanding of the law is that if Dahua buys products from other suppliers and then brands them as Dahua, then the equipment would still be banned. We see no distinction between this and if Lorex were to do the same. Lorex is a brand that is owned by Dahua and Dahua products that are branded under any other name are still banned.
In 2019, the US government banned the use of Dahua, Hikvision and Montavue security cameras in federal facilities. In June 2021, the FCC unanimously voted to start procedures to ban the sale of these brands to the general public by denying new products FCC approval.
The proposed measure bans equipment from these companies by denying FCC licenses to sell new products in the United States. The FCC is also considering including all existing equipment from these companies. While this FCC action is not yet ratified, it is likely to soon become law. Without the FCC license, it is illegal to sell or install this equipment in the United States. It is possible to purchase from these suppliers and in less than a year, it could be illegal to utilize this equipment in the USA.
In 2018 Dahua purchased Lorex outright and owns 100% of the company. According to the CEO of Lorex the law does not apply to them, however if you read the law its clear all subsidiaries and companies offering products from these suppliers are included in the ban.
How do you know you are buying equipment that is approved and secure? Only buy equipment that states it is NDAA compliant.
All the equipment in our ProVue & Cyber Secure Series is NDAA compliant.
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Why are they banned from US Government buildings and facilities?
A hidden backdoor access was found in equipment provided by these manufacturers. This security breach allows access to the camera's video feed, whilst the owner of the equipment is completely unaware. This was clearly not a lapse in trust that our government was willing to accept. Our Government acted and congress passed the 2019 NDAA into law. This law bans select suppliers from supplying equipment for use in US government facilities.
Supporting News Articles:US Government Bans Hikvison/Dahua Security Cameras
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