The Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Hopes to Conduct a New Restrictions Review on Chinese Drone Manufacturer DJI

Translated by: MOS Education Group – Maverick

According to [Reuters] Washington report on October 19 – A Republican member of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said on Tuesday that he hopes the American telecommunications regulators will impose new restrictions on Communist China’s drone manufacturer Shenzhen DJI Innovation Technology Co. Ltd. DJI should be added to the so-called “investigation list”, which will prohibit the use of funds from the U.S. Universal Service Fund to purchase its equipment.

On March, the FCC listed five Chinese companies which are deemed as threats to national security in accordance with the 2019 law that aimed at protecting the U.S. communications networks. These five companies are Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision, and Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co., Ltd.

In May 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned U.S. companies to pay special attention to the risks poses on companies’ data from Communist China-made drones. In December, DJI was included in the U.S. government’s economic blacklist by the U.S. Department of Commerce. In January 2020, the U.S. Department of the Interior said it would suspend its fleet of about 800 UAVs manufactured by Communist China, and earlier stopped the Ministry of Interior’s purchase of such type of UAVs. FCC officials said that “DJI drones and surveillance technologies on these systems are collecting a large amount of sensitive data – from high-resolution images of critical infrastructure to facial recognition technology and remote sensors that can measure personal body temperature and heart rate”. After consultation with national security agencies, the FCC should also consider whether there are other entities that require more stringent review.


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