Revenue uses X-ray machines made by a Chinese company that has been reported by the European Parliament over safety concerns.
uctech supplies equipment such as X-ray scanners and explosives detection technology to airports and ports.
Earlier this month, a group of MPs wrote to the European Commission to explain that the company has ties to the Chinese government and that this poses an “unacceptable security risk” for the bloc.
MEPs said data collected by this device could be at risk of being shared with Chinese authorities.
“A contract with Nuctech also means depending on a risky Chinese state-owned company and its personnel for the management, maintenance, system upgrades or other routine technical checks of Europe’s border security systems,” the letter reads.
Revenue operates Nuctech devices in Dublin, Cork and Rosslare to detect drugs, contraband or other illegal goods entering the state.
“Revenue operates a number of cargo/vehicle X-ray scanners, including Nuctech scanners, purchased under government procurement rules,” a Revenue spokeswoman said. “Revenues will continue to be paid in full compliance with government procurement rules and relevant advice on the use of detection technology.”
The company was founded by the son of former Chinese President Hu Jintao
DAA, which operates Dublin and Cork airports, previously said it has Nuctech equipment but declined to comment on the MPs’ letter.
Nuctech did not respond to a request for comment. The company has previously denied ties to the Chinese government or improper handling of data.
The company was founded by the son of former Chinese President Hu Jintao.
In recent years, the company has come under scrutiny from US authorities. Last the Washington Post reported that US officials were urging Mexico to shelve a deal to buy Nuctech equipment.
In 2020, an $8.6 million deal with Canada to use Nuctech devices in embassies was canceled after a security clearance.
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