DJI has responded to claims made by a US Department of Defense official yesterday which suggest that DJI drones automatically send data to the Chinese government.
The manufacturer said the claims are “false and misleading” and has had an external expert prove this.
A spokesperson said: “Several statements made by a Department of Defense official yesterday about DJI are false and misleading. DJI drones do not automatically send data to the Chinese government or to any unauthorized party.”
It continued: “An independent U.S. cybersecurity firm has debunked these claims and verified the security of our technology and that DJI’s hardware and software systems give our customers full control over how their data is collected, stored, and transmitted.”
It comes in response to undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, Ellen Lord, stating that the US was wanting to take on DJI in the drone market.
The DJI statement went on: “If our U.S. customers choose to share any data with DJI, this data is housed and stored on secure Amazon Web Services servers located in the United States. We go to great lengths to deliver on this promise to our customers and are proud of the thousands of American businesses, first responders, and U.S. government agencies that trust DJI drones to help save lives, promote worker safety, and support vital operations every day.”
Concluding: “The assertions about DJI’s market position are also false. DJI has earned its market-leading position in the drone industry because we have continued to research, develop and deliver the most capable products to the market. DJI drones provide an open platform that fuels the U.S. drone economy, which is growing quickly and is expected to surpass $82 billion and create more than 100,000 jobs by 2025.”