Another Chinese technical giant is now at the center of national security issues occupied by the US Senate.
DJI, a Chinese company that dominates the commercial drone market in the United States, published a letter of 1
"The security of a company's products depends on the guarantees it has, not where the headquarters are located. , "the Shenzhen-based drone producer said in an open letter to senators on Monday.
During a hearing organized by the Transport Committee of the Senate Commerce Committee last week, some of the experts testified that they believe the DJI has the potential to send data back to China, which poses serious dangers.
"American geospatial information is flown to Chinese data centers at an unprecedented level. This literally gives a Chinese company a top view of our nation. DJI says US data is safe, but the use of proprietary software networks means how we would know it ? "Said Harry Wingo, head of the Cyber Security Department from the National Defense University. "When you consider protecting an American city at that level, it's dealing with the information that matters."
Catherine Cahill, director of the Alaskan Center for UAS Integration, recognizes the cost-effective system the DJI has developed. But she thinks "the data from the DJI UAS was automatically sent back to the manufacturer in China."
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DJI sent an open letter to US senators on Monday
"DJI drones do not share flight logs, images or videos with less drone pilot deliberately choose to do so, they do not automatically send flight data to China or elsewhere, "said Mario Rebello, vice president and regional manager for North America at the DJI." They do not automatically upload photos or videos over the Internet automatically . This data remains solely on drone and on the pilot's mobile device. DJI cannot share customer data it never receives. "
Washington has raised red flags on Chinese technology companies in recent months. In May, the Homeland Security Department issued a warning that commercial drones produced by Chinese vendors may collect and transfer information back to China without mentioning the DJI. Blacklisted Huawei and considered banning China's security camera makers such as Hikvision.
As China-US trade tensions withdraw, confidence levels between the two countries, especially in high-tech areas, have also worsened, and some US legislators worry about Beijing's back doors as Chinese companies may have. Meanwhile, China has accused the United States of trying to stop the Chinese from developing their technology.  Washintgon's concerns have not deterred DJI's efforts to win more public contracts. On Monday, DJI launched a public drone system edition, which blocks access to the internet and only stores information on the device to Huawei, if smartphone and telecom products have not been able to enter the regular US market, DJI products are sold in stores such as BestBuy and even used by police in New York and California.
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