China may spy on Americans using drones that the US government warns “may pose a potential threat to national security.”
The concern was circulated after a report in The Intercept investigating concerns about Chinese-made Da Jiang Innovation (DJI) devices.
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In July, the US Department of Defense issued a memo stating that Da Jiang innovations (DJIs) pose a “potential threat to national security” and also retracted a report that suggested that “some of the DJI systems” The models were found approved for purchase and operation for US government departments and agencies.”
The DoD suggested the report was “inaccurate and disorganized” and that the company’s equipment was indeed dangerous to the country and its citizens.
DJI drones have been used by the country’s largest police force, the NYPD.
When pressed about the vulnerability of the devices, which are believed to be still in use by the NYPD, the department issued a statement noting that they “do not conduct activities that are of national security value.” be that.”
Sun’s attempt to reach DJI for comment was not immediately returned.
Three years ago the NYPD announced the purchase of 14 drones that were manufactured by Da Jiang Innovation, a Shenzhen-based company.
According to the New York Times, he trained 29 police officers to pilot him.
“As the largest municipal police department in the United States, the NYPD must always be ready to take advantage of the benefits of new and ever-improving technology,” former NYPD commissioner James O’Neill said at the time.
“Our new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program is part of this development – it enables our highly trained police to be even more responsive to those involved, and to perform the NYPD’s critical work more effectively. Enables, efficient, and safe for all,” O’Neill said.
The NYPD’s statement to The Sun confirmed that DJI drones have been put into action to benefit and protect New Yorkers.
The department said it “uses unmanned aircraft systems for a variety of police incidents, including search and rescue operations, collisions, crime scenes, barricaded suspects and other public safety or emergency incidents.”
It also emphasized that the details of the NYPD’s use of drones are completely transparent.
“Reports of this use are regularly posted on the NYPD public website.”
The central concern experts are seeing with the DJI drones being used by the NYPD and other US departments are as imperative as other private companies in the country – a behold for the government.
China’s national intelligence law requires that any Chinese company must share its data to support the country’s intelligence work or create vulnerabilities to aid the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“It is difficult for DJI as a company to make the case that it is safe and reliable and cannot be subject to the demands of the Chinese government and the Communist Party when the CCP is adamant that tech companies should follow the party. should,” Elsa Kania, a fellow in the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, told The Intercept.
It also appears in the context of the competition for the advanced drone market that there aren’t many commercially comparable drone manufacturers that are on par with DJI.
“The fact that DJI drones are still used to this extent reflects a failure to identify and purchase alternatives, or the fact that there are no US or other international companies that can provide DJI with the same capability, At a decent price point.”
civil liberties at risk
As far as civil rights concerns that NYPD drones may compromise citizens’ privacy, the NYPD’s drone policy states that they “do not use facial recognition technologies and cannot perform facial recognition analysis”. Huh.”
However, notes The Intercept, “a still image can be created from recorded video images and used as a probe image for facial recognition analysis.”
Yet some are now concerned that there are many questions about benefits being compromised by drawbacks.
“You have the NYPD on one hand, who use the pretext of national security and city security to continually expand their surveillance technology, and yet you have the US military and US agencies on which to take that security. alleging that they do not trust the NYPD is using this tool,” Jerome Greco, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society’s Digital Forensics Unit, told the publication.
Expert: Drones are risky
Greco suggested that the NYPD is not heeding the warnings.
“It would seem unusual to me, given how closely the NYPD is attached to federal law enforcement agencies, especially after 9/11, that they haven’t received any sort of warning.”
Another fear is that even if the NYPD lives up to its promise not to infringe on the rights of its citizens, it is difficult to know whether the data being collected can be protected.
Albert Kahn, executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, or STOP, a group, said, “There is a lot of uncertainty about their ability to protect the data being collected on New Yorkers, and there is no clear indication if that data has been compromised.” There is no reporting.” who advocates against mass surveillance.
He fears there is a lot of uncertainty that critical data logged by the NYPD and other departments that use drones could fall into the wrong hands.
“This can be a real risk to New Yorkers; and there are a lot of New Yorkers, including a lot of democracy activists, who have reason to be particularly intimidated by the Chinese government,” he said.
“I would say there is no such thing as a good police drone, but some are still worse than others.”
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