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AFP
May 22, 2019

‘Chinese drones may steal data’

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AFP
May 22, 2019

BEIJING: Washington has warned that Chinese-made drones could be giving spy agencies in Beijing "unfettered access" to stolen data, according to a report in American media.

The Department of Homeland Security sent out an alert on Monday flagging drones built in China as a "potential risk to an organization´s information", CNN reported.

The US government has "strong concerns about any technology product that takes American data into the territory of an authoritarian state that permits its intelligence services to have unfettered access to that data or otherwise abuses that access," wrote CNN, quoting the DHS alert. The warning comes as China´s tech sector attracts unprecedented scrutiny amid the bruising China-US trade war.

Washington has cranked up the heat on China´s Huawei by effectively banning American companies from selling or transferring US technology to the telecoms giant, though the US Commerce Department has granted the firm a 90-day reprieve. US intelligence believes Huawei is backed by the Chinese military and that its equipment could provide Beijing´s spy agencies with a backdoor into the communications networks of other countries.

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