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DJI, Huawei, Spying and How They Bamboozled the FAA and American Public

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There’s considerable revisionists history in this article, plus in my opinion it gives way too much credit to Kevin Finisterre regarding his role in uncovering DJI’s business practices, many had published articles well prior to Kevin’s “hacking” revelations.  However, he played a role and this article explains what his role was and provides a lot of supporting information and an interesting chronology. 

https://www.suasnews.com/2019/05/dji-huawei-spying-and-how-they-bamboozled-the-faa-and-american-public/

If anyone is seriously interested in starting a career in the commercial sUAV industry, you don’t have to agree or get politically active, but you would be wise to understand how the politics of drones might be shaping your future.  

Fourms like this one are a good place for people to share their experiences and hopefully get a broader, more balanced view of this emerging technological landscape.  

 

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The author of the article has been an outspoken critic of DJI on Twitter for a long time.  If you believe everything in the article, then you should probably smash your iPhone with a hammer too so the Chinese don't read your text messages or look at you dog photos.  Doubtful the average real estate photography or video presents a national security threat.  Perhaps they could mine some intellectual or technical information from construction or mining sites. Just weigh the risk with what you are using if for.  Of course American companies should step up and offer alternatives to DJI products, but so far nothing offered has come close to DJI's market grasp. 

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