FCC Rulemaking Process
- Is Dahua banned in the US?
Dahua Technology is fully allowed to conduct business in the United States and we are currently doing so. We are not banned; rather, we have more than 100 employees in the US and are legally authorized to continue our business with American individuals, corporations, businesses, and organizations.
- What is Dahua’s response to the Federal Communication Commission’s proposed rules to prohibit future equipment authorization?
First, it’s important to understand that there are no current changes for the authorization of Dahua’s products. There is an FCC proposal at the moment being considered that would prohibit any company on the US Government’s Covered Entity List, including Dahua, from receiving the FCC authorization for future products.
We have made it very clear and continue to stand by this viewpoint that we respect the rights of any government to regulate their domestic markets as they see fit. We will continue to comply with any applicable laws and regulations wherever we do business.
With this said, we do urge the FCC, and our US stakeholders, to understand and recognize that our products and technology do not pose a threat to the U.S. or to national security. We are not in any way government owned or directed; rather, we are a private-sector business that is traded on public marketplaces. We adhere closely to all standards for ethical practices in our industry. To further understand these points, you can read what Dahua publicly stated
- What exactly has the FCC decided to do?
The FCC has not, yet, done anything except start a discussion. They have voted to consider new rules that would impact companies on their Covered Entities list. The rules would be related to equipment authorizations for specific devices from companies on that list. At the moment all the FCC is doing is considering comments from the public about whether or not they should move ahead with the implementation of these new rules.
- Does this vote mean that Dahua no longer has FCC approvals?
There are no changes at the moment with Dahua’s products or their authorization. The FCC has started a process to think about creating new rules for the authorization of products from companies on the Covered List. But they have not done so yet and nothing has changed at this time.
- What will be the final outcome if Dahua cannot get FCC approvals for new products?
Certainly, we understand that our partners have these questions, but we do not want to make speculations about something that is only hypothetical at this point. We are fully focused on bringing our case to the FCC and ensuring that any rules they enact reflect the best interests of our customers, our US stakeholders and our business partners. Most importantly – we want these rules to be an accurate and fair assessment of the facts.
We have already submitted comments on the record that reflect our position against this proposed rule and we are confident that the process will be resolved to
Dahua addresses questions on NDAA restrictions
- What does it mean for Dahua to be named one of the “Covered Entities” under the NDAA 2019?
The US Government created the “Covered Entities” list under Section 889 of the FY2019 NDAA in order to protect their interests and security. The Section 889 applies to video surveillance equipment that would be used in public safety situations, in security facilities for the US Government, in security surveillance of important infrastructure and for other national security situations. It specifically points to equipment that the US Government believes is owned, controlled by, or connected to certain countries including China. The statue prohibits the purchase and use of such equipment and services by US executive agencies.
Dahua Technology does not believe that we all under any of these classifications or that we should be on the “Covered Entities” list. As a publicly traded company that complies with all local and national laws in the country where our technology is used, Dahua Technology does not support the interest of any one government, or go against the interest of any others. The Chinese government, or any other government, does not have a controlling stake in the company. Dahua Technology simply serves the interest of its stakeholders and is committed to the needs of its customers, employees and stakeholders.
Dahua Technology has never acted in a way that is against the national security or public safety of anything in the United States. All data security concerns are incorporated and adhered to with our technology and products and we have never had any involvement in human rights violations in any country where we operate. While we recognize that we can’t control what happens to our products on the user’s end, we design every product to minimize the risks of misuse under every circumstance.
We completely respect that the US Government has created standards for itself and we fully adhere to the restrictions that are involved in being a “Covered Entities” list member. We acknowledge that US and China have a complex relationship and that, as a leading China-based technology, there is a constantly evolving tension and dynamic to our relationship. We continue to operate in the marketplace within the confines of any restrictions that have been placed on Dahua Technology and we continue to serve our customers and business partners with our continued level of excellence.
- Is Dahua NDAA compliant?
Yes, Dahua is fully compliant with U.S. law and always will be. While we respect the decisions of the U.S. Government, we deny the allegations implied by our inclusion in NDAA 2019, as well as the Entity List.
Dahua Addresses Questions on the Entity List
- Why was Dahua added to the entity list?
The Entity List was created by the United States Government to identify companies that they believe have activities that are against either the national security or foreign policy interests of the U.S. While we certainly respect the rights of any government to make decisions for themselves and to regulate their own markets, we completely deny that we should be included on the Entity List. At Dahua Technology, we have never represented a risk or threat of any kind to the U.S. Government or their interests.
- What is Dahua’s response to the Entity list?
- First, it is important to understand that we are a publicly traded corporation and that we don’t make policy for any country. Our responsibility is to our shareholders, customers and employees.
- There is no specific evidence that has ever been presented to support our inclusion on the Entity List. Dahua Technology is not a threat to the United States in any way and the company does not now, and never has, acted in any way that goes against the foreign policy interests of the United States. We do not promote human rights violations in any country where we operate, and never have; rather, our product is intended to make society safer and we conduct all of our business in full compliance with all applicable laws and rules in the many markets in which we operate.
- Unfortunately, we can’t completely control how our technology is used by the end user; this is true for every security solutions company. We comply with all applicable local, national and international laws and we expect our end users to do so as well. We work hard to design our technology in a way that will mitigate the risk of abuse and this includes, among other items, a commitment that we will never develop solutions that identify a single race, ethnicity or national group.