Barely a few days after black listing the world’s second largest mobile device maker (in terms of shipments), Huawei, the Trump administration, through the Department of Homeland Security, has now set sights on the biggest drone producer. DJI, the maker of beloved consumer and semi-pro drones like the Mavic Pro and Phantom series has been hit with allegations of storing user data in unsecure datacenters which the Chinese government could gain access. This is not the first time the US government has made claims against DJI, in 2017, the US army banned all use of DJI products citing security concerns. DJI responded by making changes to its mobile apps and adding a privacy mode that stops internet traffic while the drone is in use.
With regard to this latest accusation, DJI, has stated that consumers have “full and complete control over how their data is collected, stored and transmitted.” They continued to argue that “for government and critical infrastructure customers that require additional assurances, we provide drones that do not transfer data to DJI or via the internet, and our customers can enable all the precautions DHS recommends”, and that the safety and security of their products has been verified by various leading US companies and government departments.