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DJI steps up data security after US Army ban
    2017-August-16  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

SZ DJI Technology Co., a Shenzhen-based drone maker, is tightening data security on its drones after the U.S. Army ordered its members to stop using DJI drones because of “cyber vulnerabilities,” a company official said.

The privately held company is speeding deployment of a system that allows users to disconnect from the Internet during flights, making it impossible for flight logs, photos or videos to reach DJI’s computer servers, Brendan Schulman, vice president of policy and legal affairs at DJI, said in an interview Monday.

The security measure had been in the works for several months but DJI said it is bringing it out sooner than planned because of an U.S. Army memo earlier this month that barred service members from using DJI drones.

DJI said it has not had any communication with the U.S. Army about the issue. The U.S. Army had no immediate comment. The other branches of the military have not banned the use of drones by DJI, the largest consumer drone maker with millions of the devices sold.

“The U.S. Army memo caused customers to express renewed concern about data security” and prompted DJI to speed up data security changes, Schulman said.

Some drone pilots choose to share images and video with DJI, which makes them visible on its SkyPixel website. But many businesses and government customers have raised concerns about sensitive video and pictures — such as movie footage or images of critical infrastructure — and want to ensure it is never sent to DJI, he said.

DJI said it does not collect images, video or flight logs from users unless they share them. But turning on the new “local data mode” will prevent accidental syncing with DJI’s servers. Its drones do not rely on an Internet connection to fly.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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