The Trump administration is preparing an executive order to ban federal departments and agencies from buying or using foreign-made drones, citing a risk to national security, TechCrunch has learned.
In late January of 2020, the US Department of the Interior (DOI) said it will keep the entire U.S. drone fleet grounded, with exceptions for emergencies. There is no decision at this time on when the decision will be changed. After months of review, the DOI is still worried that foreign-made drones may pose a potential threat.
When Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the news, he said his department would grant exceptions for tracking wildfires by air and for emergencies where human safety or property damage are at risk.
Bernhardt said the concern with foreign-made drones is that the information that is collected by the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) could be “valuable to foreign entities, organizations, and governments.”
In October 2019, the DOI grounded its more than 800 drones because of concerns that spying and cyberattacks could be possible with foreign-made drones. Many other agencies have since followed suit, necessitating the need for an accountable, secure, domestically sourced solution.
Certain Chinese manufacturers build hardware that communicates information across servers controlled by the manufacturer, creating concern that the collected data could be used to compromise critical infrastructure and pose a significant threat to national security.
The foreign manufacturers build hardware that requires GPS to fly stably and communicate information across servers controlled by the manufacturer.
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