In response to recent guidance released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) related to the cybersecurity concerns associated with using DJI drones, DJI has fired back through its official blog.

According to the U.S. government guidance, drones manufactured in China pose a substantial threat to critical infrastructure and the national security of the United States, according to the two government agencies. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has implemented laws providing the government with extensive legal authority to access and control data held by Chinese firms, raising concerns about potential data theft and network compromises.

In the blog, DJI accuses their rival drone makers of  “stirring up xenophobia” to eliminate market competition. According to DJI, their company has already adopted the standards outlined in the recent guidance released by the two agencies. Below are the four facts outlined by DJI in their response:

FACT #1: DJI created the market for ready-to-fly civilian and commercial drones almost two decades ago and has invested heavily in robust safety and security protections as well as expanded user privacy controls for our products.

FACT #2: Customers only share flight logs, images or videos with us if they affirmatively choose to do so. Default collection does not exist with us.

FACT #3: Operators of our consumer and enterprise drones can choose to ‘fly offline’ through Local Data Mode, ensuring that no unauthorized parties can get access to their drone data.

FACT #4: Since 2017, we have regularly submitted our products for third-party security audits and certification. These U.S. and European cybersecurity experts buy our products off the shelf and conduct the review independently. Their findings validate that we provide best-in-class data security and privacy protections.

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