ZTE, Huawei, DJI: Shenzhen-based companies are coming into the US government’s sights, one by one. The world’s largest maker of consumer drones is the latest. The press release that was likely written months ago was released last night as DJI Technology attempted to refute claims by the US Department of Homeland Security that its products may be sharing data with Chinese authorities.
“At DJI, safety is at the core of everything we do, and the security of our technology has been independently verified by the US government and leading US businesses,” the company said.
Like ZTE and Huawei, DJI is a giant in its industry: it has almost three-quarters of the global market share for its consumer drones. Unlike ZTE and Huawei, however, it is dependent on the US market for revenues: 80 per cent of drones sold in North America are DJI’s.
On May 21, the US’ Homeland Security warned US companies to “be cautious” of Chinese-built drones “as they may contain components that can compromise your data and share your information on a server accessed beyond the company itself.” Although the alert didn’t represent a legal order and DJI was not named, it was obviously intended for no one else.
Established in 2006DJI has 14,000 employees in 18 offices worldwide. Revenues have been skyrocketing, up 80% in 2017 at RMB18 billion. More than 80% of its sales are overseas.
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