Translated by:  MOS Information Team – BlueAngel

On February. 2, Rep. Elise Stefanik introduced ‘The Countering CCP Drones Act’, which would blacklist DJI, the Chinese drone company, with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to a statement within the congressional websites.  Senator Rick Scott introduced the Senate Synergy Proposal for the bill.

According to the government website, Rep. Mike Gallagher and Claudia Tenney were the original co-sponsors, while U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton joined the Senate co-sponsors of the accompanying bill.

Congressman Stephen Nick is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

The statement reported that DJI poses an unacceptable national security risk because Chinese law provides that the Chinese Government has the right to force DJI to participate in, and assist in its espionage activities.  The FCC is currently implementing reforms to ban device authorization for blacklisted companies, meaning DJI will not be able to operate legally on U.S. communications infrastructure.

More than 50 percent of drones sold in the United States are made by the DJI company, which is the most used by public safety agencies.  Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that the Chinese Communist Government is an investor in DJI, which directly contradicts DJI’s public statements about their relationship with the Chinese Government.

Lawmaker Stephen Nickelodeon said; “The threat posed by DJI drones to national security is like that posed by Huawei.  The potential for DJI drones to be equipped to send real-time images of military installations, critical infrastructure, and the personal lives of U.S. citizens to China poses a huge threat.  Allowing this practice to continue in the United States is playing with fire, and the Chinese-controlled company cannot be allowed to continue to operate in the United States.“

Sen. Rick Scott said: “Chinese Communist Party-funded technologies, such as drones made by DJI, are used to spy on Americans and steal their data.  The U.S. Government should not under any circumstances buy Chinese-made drones and put our national security at risk, which is why my colleagues, and I introduced the American Security Drone Act.  The Fight Against Chinese Drones Act is the next step in ensuring that federal funds from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cannot be used to access communications equipment and services produced or provided by DJI.  I am proud to introduce this important bill in the Senate and urge my colleagues to join me in supporting it.”

In response, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said; “DJI drones and surveillance technology on these systems are collecting a large amount of sensitive data, from high-resolution images of critical infrastructure in the United States to facial recognition technology and remote sensors that can measure personal temperature and heart rate.”  In fact, U.S. intelligence has warned that DJI poses a serious national security threat because of the large amount of sensitive information DJI collects and the possibility that Beijing has access to it.  Despite the growing body of evidence, the U.S. has lacked a consistent and comprehensive approach to addressing the potential threat posed by a company that could resemble the one run by Huawei, which will be done through the Fight Against Chinese Drones Act.  So, I commend Senator Scott and Congressman Steven Nick for their strong leadership and their work to advance U.S. national security amid the threat posed by the CCP.  Their legislation is an important step in ensuring that Sensitive Data for Americans does not fall into the hands of the CCP.

Reference: https://gnews.org/post/p1950512/

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Edited and Posted by:  Linda Progress

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