DHS Warns That Chinese Drones Are Stealing Data

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Chinese-made drones in America may be sending sensitive data to their manufacturers back home where it can be accessed by the government, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has warned.

CNN, which obtained the internal alert, reported that the DHS fears drones will offer Chinese intelligence unfettered access to American data

“The United States government has strong concerns about any technology product that takes American data into the territory of an authoritarian state that permits its intelligence services to have unfettered access to that data or otherwise abuses that access,” the alert reportedly says.

The warning comes shortly after President Trump signed an executive order which in effect banned US firms from using telecommunication equipment from Hauwei, a Chinese tech giant.

Though the alert didn’t name specific companies, the vast majority of drones used in the US and Canada are made by the Shenzen based Company, DJI, CNN reported. DJI Drones were banned for military use in 2017 due to similar concerns.

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Source: Independent