Amazon bought a set of cameras to measure the temperature of its workers, during the covid-19 pandemic, from a company that the United States of America (USA) blacklisted for claims that it helped China monitor and to detain Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.
The news was released on Wednesday morning, exclusively, by the Reuters news agency. According to sources close to this case, Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co. reportedly shipped 1,500 cameras to Amazon this month, in a deal worth about $ 10 million. Of these 1,500, about 500 are for Amazon to use in the USA.
These purchases, although they should be avoided, are legal. The Government cannot have relations with blacklisted companies, but the law does not prevent sales to the private sector, as was the case in this case.
Still, the United States "considers transactions of any nature with listed entities to constitute a" red flag "and recommends that American companies proceed with caution".
Amazon, questioned by Reuters, did not confirm its purchase from Dahua, saying its hardware complies with national, state and local laws. The company also reinforced that the purchase was made with the objective of "supporting the health and safety" of employees who continue to provide services at a time when the world is facing the covid-19 pandemic.
Dahua, for its part, stressed that it does not discuss the business it does with its customers and that it has complied with applicable laws. The company also says it is committed to "mitigating the spread of covid-19" using technology that detects temperature with high precision.
The US Department of Commerce, responsible for the blacklist, declined to comment on this matter.