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DOI to Halt Civilian Drone Activities Amid Chinese Tech Issues

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The Department of the Interior plans to stop operations under a large civilian drone program due to security concerns with China-made technology, the Financial Times reported Sunday.

The plan addresses a risk of possible espionage from Beijing and may put a stop to the activity of almost 1K drones.

DJI, a Chinese drone-maker, produces over 70 percent of civilian drones used across the globe. DOI deploys drones for wildfire response, terrain mapping and resource monitoring.

David Bernhardt, secretary of the interior, is pursuing a security review on the department's drones, 121 of which are DJI-made.

DOI now has its China-made drones designated for emergency use only.