DJI has sent a letter to the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcomittee on Security in an attempt to ‘set the record straight’ on what it calls incorrect claims presented during a hearing last week.
In the letter, DJI responds to hearing witnesses’ speculation about the company’s data security practices, writing: “the unsubstantiated speculation and inaccurate information presented during the Subcommittee hearing will put the entire U.S. drone industry at risk, causing a ripple effect that will stunt economic growth and handcuff public servants who use DJI drones to protect the public and save lives.”
It continues: “DJI drones do not share flight logs, photos or videos unless the drone pilot deliberately chooses to do so. They do not automatically send flight data to China or anywhere else. They do not automatically transmit photos or videos over the internet. This data stays solely on the drone and on the pilot’s mobile device. DJI cannot share customer data it never receives.”
DJI goes on to give in-depth detail on how ‘customers have full control of their data’, ‘DJI products help American businesses and government agencies’, ‘DJI creates value for the American economy’, and ‘DJI innovations help America enter the drone age safely’.
Signed by Mario Rebello, DJI’s VP and regional manager for North America, the letter concluded by saying the company believes ‘every individual, enterprise and government agency should have access to the most safe, reliable and secure technology.’
It went on to urge congress to assess facts and advance policies that will promote innovation, economic growth, security, and public safety while confirming it would be happy to answer any questions the Subcommittee may have.