June 17, 2021

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US Pentagon Changes Its Mind About DJI Drones

US Pentagon Changes Its Mind About DJI Drones

After temporarily grounding its fleet of more than 500 DJI drones in January 2020 over cybersecurity concerns, the Pentagon has finally cleared two of DJI’s drones of any security risks. An analysis of the two DJI drones built for government use found “no malicious code or intent” and are “recommended for use by government entities and forces working with US services,” a report summary said. Pocketnow reports: Specifically, the Pentagon has cleared only two drone models so far — the DJI Mavic Pro and Matrice 600 Pro. However, it will still come as a relief for the brand after being under the scanner for over security threats, especially after giants like HUAWEI have had to face terrible consequences after being blacklisted for similar reasons. DJI, on the other hand, has maintained that the company is not involved in any secretive data-sharing practices with the Chinese government and that its drones are safe to use.

“This U.S. government report is the strongest confirmation to date of what we, and independent security validations, have been saying for years — DJI drones are safe and secure for government and enterprise operations,” a DJI spokesperson was quoted as saying. While two of DJI’s drone models can now be again used by the Interior Department, there is no relief for the company regarding its inclusion on the Commerce Department’s Entity List. Even though the sale of its product has not been banned, sourcing technology from US-based firms would still require approval, and then there are risks of supply chain disruption as well as reputation loss.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.