Germany rejects US drone tech, citing NSA and Facebook scandals
A group of German lawmakers in the Bundestag Defense Committee argued that U.S. vendors of drone technology should be excluded from Germany’s programs due to the NSA spy scandal and Facebook data breaches. Instead, Germany will source their drones and supporting technology from Israel.
“Passage in the Bundestag in the next few weeks is likely, though officials said surprises remain possible given the topic’s thorniness. ‘Following the experiences with American high-tech…we are disinclined to make ourselves dependent on U.S. technology when it comes to reconnaissance capabilities.”