End of DJI? Company goes under United States blacklist

Dec 19, 2020

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End of DJI? Company goes under United States blacklist

Dec 19, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Chinese drone manufacturer DJI has been added to the US economic blacklist. According to the US Government’s Commerce Department, DJI is one of four companies that “enabled wide-scale human rights abuses within China through abusive genetic collection and analysis or high-technology surveillance.”

DJI is the latest addition to the blacklist that already contains dozens of Chinese companies. It was added on Friday along with AGCU Scientech, China National Scientific Instruments and Materials, and Kuang-Chi Group. The US Commerce Department accused these four companies of “high-technology surveillance” and “human rights abuses,” as mentioned above. Additionally, the department claims that they “facilitated the export of items by China that aid repressive regimes around the world, contrary to U.S. foreign policy interests.”

I think that we could have seen this coming, but it was hard to believe. In 2017, the US Army stopped using DJI drones over “cyber vulnerabilities.” Shortly after that, DJI was accused of spying on the US for China. Then last year, the US Government issued an alert warning that drones made in China could end up on the economic blacklist. DJI wasn’t specifically mentioned, but it was obvious, considering the previous incidents and the company’s estimated 74% market share in 2018.

As a result of the decision, US companies “may be prohibited from exporting parts to DJI and other companies on the list,” DPReview writes. The Verge managed to speak to DJI’s spokesperson, who said that “DJI is disappointed in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision.” Still, they added that “customers in America can continue to buy and use DJI products normally.” We can’t be sure, though, how all of this will unfold. It’s possible that the prices of DJI drones will be affected in the USA and that the import could be more complex or expensive. Whatever happens, this is definitely something we’ll keep following, and we’ll update you of any changes.

[via DPReview]

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11 responses to “End of DJI? Company goes under United States blacklist”

  1. John Wojciechowski Avatar
    John Wojciechowski

    All about the money. We didn’t know anything about China spying on us through consumer drones?

    1. Camera operator Hong Kong Avatar
      Camera operator Hong Kong

      Any company based in China is entitled to get their servers there. it’s called China Data Protection Regulations (CDPR), implemented in 2018. Use google for more.

      DJI is a Chinese company based in Shenzhen.

      At the same time, another regulation was already in place that state that any servers based in China is subject to full disk dump to the authorities, without a need for any warrant.
      It’s called Regulations on Internet Security Supervision and Inspection by Public Security Organs” (公安机关互联网安全监督检查规定) , since 2017

      It gives many interesting power to the Chinese police like :
      “Copy any user information found on inspected systems during on-site or remote inspections.”

      This is something that was implemented in 2017.Please check the “privacy policy” when you sign in to the DJI go app. All these details are sent back to DJI servers. I have put the main one below, you can check by yourself too on the opening page of the DJI Go APP.

      Device-Related and Flight-Related Information. When you use DJI Products and Services, you may provide us with information relating to (i) your DJI Product or Service, your non-DJI device on which the DJI Product or Service is used (including computers, phones, or other devices where you install or access DJI Products and Services), and your photos or videos that you upload using DJI Products and Services. This information may include: (i) information about your non-DJI device (including your device ID, hardware version, and operating system); (ii) information about your DJI device (including the model and serial number of your device); (iii) geolocation data relating to your non-DJI device and DJI device and any photo or video you submitted using DJI Products and Services; (iv) information about any photo or video recorded, including the name of the video file, the length of the video, EXIF data relating to the photo or video; (v) other technical information, including the IP address used by your non-DJI device, and flight data; and (vi) data associated with your DJI account.
      (…)
      This is just part of it, there are 3 pages of it.

      Basically, everyone worldwide using a DJI drone/product is providing all this to the Chinese authorities.

  2. Iain Mack Avatar
    Iain Mack

    that aid repressive regimes around the world, contrary to U.S. foreign policy interests!!! Take the US away and America is no better in the world.

  3. Camera operator Hong Kong Avatar
    Camera operator Hong Kong

    DJI have been clearly supporting Chinese Gov in HK protest.
    Since then, all the drones are “out of stock” in the HK online store.
    Good luck to explain there is no political decision there. (DJI factory is 50 Km away from HK)

  4. Don Navarro Avatar
    Don Navarro

    But Russia hacks our government and there’s no reaction at all?!

    1. Alt Right Avatar
      Alt Right

      Banning DJI is a response. Or do you expect Trump to hit Russia?

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      We most definitely did not the question mark at the end, It is in the middle.

  5. Waylon Simpson Avatar
    Waylon Simpson

    Wonder if they will get cheaper here in Canada ?

    1. Greg Avatar
      Greg

      Chinada!

  6. lewisfrancis Avatar
    lewisfrancis

    The blacklist means DJI cannot receive technology from US companies — it says nothing about DJI selling to US consumers.