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US Department of Interior may stop using drones because they are manufactured in China. Via BBC
Many of the drones that are used by US scientists are made by a Shenzhen-based company called Da Jiang Innovations Science and Technology Company, or, DJI. The company dominates the drone market, according to a research company, Skylogic.
US officials have in the past expressed concerns about DJI. Agents at a US immigration office said in 2017 that the company’s drones could collect information about US sites and transmit data back to Beijing.
Rules and norms are different for private companies in China than they are in the US. Business executives in China stay in close contact with government officials. US officials worry about the information that Chinese drones could collect and what might be done with the data.
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