After the US took down Huawei, could DJI be next?

The US Department of Homeland Security UU He warned about the dangers of Chinese-made drones, according to an alert obtained by CNN. The warning warns that consumer-level drones, of which the vast majority in North America are sold by DJI based in Shenzhen, could send confidential flight information to the headquarters on Chinese soil that the government could later access. .

The DHS alert continues:

"The United States government is very concerned about any technological product that brings US data into the territory of an authoritarian state that allows its intelligence services to have unlimited access to

These concerns apply with equal force to certain Chinese-made connected devices (unmanned aircraft systems) capable of collecting and transferring potentially revealing data about their operations and individuals and entities. that operate them, since China imposes unusually strict obligations on its citizens supporting national intelligence activities. "

The DHS alert does not represent a legal order, and the DJI itself has no name, but the company will no doubt be cautious in the context of the US-China trade war. . The warning evokes a concern commonly addressed to Huawei, arguing that Chinese companies are obliged to comply with government orders for security reasons.

Last week, President Trump issued an executive order that could paralyze Huawei's core businesses by blocking trade with US companies, although CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei has minimized the impact.

"At DJI, security is at the core of everything we do, and the security of our technology has been independently verified by the US government and the major US companies," he says. DJI in a statement, arguing that consumers "Full and complete control over how they collect, store and transmit their data."

"For government and critical infrastructure customers who require additional guarantees, we provide drones that do not transfer data to DJI or via the Internet, and our customers can activate all precautions recommended by DHS. Every day, American companies, first aid personnel and US government agencies. UU They rely on DJI drones to help save lives, promote worker safety and support vital operations, and we take that responsibility very seriously. "

In 2017, DJI added a privacy mode to its drones that stops its application using Internet traffic while the drone is in flight, however, this was in response to a note from the US Army asking all units to stop using DJI drones due to alleged cybersecurity issues. 19659011]

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