Ecuadorian intelligence has access to a vast Chinese surveillance system that can be used to monitor its citizens. The New York Times report found. In an interview with a bunker that did not belong to the National Security Office (Senain), the paper found the police accidentally found Senain Agent to monitor a video feed installed to help police fight offenses. This discovery occurred after the reporters fixed what they thought was just a dimmer switch to expose the previously frosted hidden windows.
This discovery may raise concerns over the use of Chinese surveillance equipment around the world. The ECU-911 system used in Ecuador is co-authored by China's state-run CIE.I.E.C and Huawei, and consists of 4,200 cameras monitored by 16 centers and about 3,000 employees. The system allows government to track calls and be upgraded to face recognition soon, The New York Times says.
A similar system was sold to Venezuela, Bolivia and Angola besides Ecuador The NYT was sold to 18 countries around the world Reported that they are currently using a Chinese monitoring system. China is not the first country to produce this technology, but activists are worried that the system could significantly reduce the cost of installing, using, and ultimately abusing it in other countries.
The entire press and video documentary is worth it. Your time. NYT says, "This camera is more abusive than what it uses and it depends on what the goal is."