"Drones built in China send sensitive data flight to their manufacturers as well as to the government ", warned the US Department of Homeland Security.
The drones are one 'Potential risk to an organization's information'says the Security Service. Products "Contain functions that can put your data at risk and share your information with a server to which the manufacturer has access'.
The report does not name specific manufacturers, but almost the 80% of drones used in the US and Canada come from DJI, which is based in Shenzhen, China. Indeed, US local authorities and many organizations have been using these drones in recent years.
«The United States Government is deeply concerned about any technological product coming from an authoritarian state such as China, which allows its intelligence services to have unrestricted access to personal data or otherwise abuse access"The Ministry stressed.
An executive order was also announced, which was signed by President Donald Trump last week, which effectively banned US businesses from using telecommunications equipment Chinese company Huawei, which has sparked worries about government espionage, lately.
The US and China are now imprisoned in a trade war that has wiped out the two countries' relationship.
US officials have expressed their concerns about government espionage, 2017, the US military has issued a ban on the use of DJI drones, claiming that the company shared critical infrastructure data and sensitive legal information with the Chinese government.
Also, that year, an internal report by a Los Angeles intelligence intelligence department assessed that DJI "selectively targeted government and private entities within the US to collect and exploit sensitive data. "
- Users are warned to "watch out when buying" drones from China and take preventive measures such as disabling the connection to Internet of the device and remove the digital cards.
- In addition, they should understand how to function properly and to restrict device access to networks to avoid theft of information.
On the other hand, DJI has stated that it gives customers complete control over how their data is collected, stored and transmitted.
«At DJI, security is at the heart of everything we do and our technology security has been verified by the US government and leading US companies"Said the company.
DJI, which announced revenue of $ 2,7 billion in 2017, is known for its popularity Phantom drone. The drone is the top commercial drone on the market.