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Reports: US might permanently halt civilian drone program

Jan 13, 2020 14:13 IST

According to reports, the US Interior department is considering permanently grounding its civilian drone program in the country, over fears of Chinese surveillance, since some of the drones are Chinese. The program that helped in monitoring endangered animals and fight forest fires, was halted in late October last year, due to concerns that the Chinese government could spy on users through the near 1,000 drones acquired for the program. Reports now indicate that the plan may be to end the use of the drones permanently, save for emergency situations. Drone maker DJI, that built a portion of the fleet, has said it would like to review the department's report to point out the "lack of credible evidence" to enforce a complete ban on Chinese drones.