The Russian-Ukrainian war is far from the first time that DJI has be criticized for political decisions. But the Shenzhen-based drone giant is doing its best to stay away from any hint that it might take sides in the ongoing conflict. Following calls to halt sales in Russian, the company released a statement titled “DJI is re-evaluating sales compliance efforts in light of the ongoing hostilities,” announcing the suspension of business in both countries “pending.” […] consideration.”
The full statement looks like this:
DJI conducts an internal review of compliance requirements in various jurisdictions. Pending the ongoing review, DJI will temporarily suspend all of its activities in Russia and Ukraine. We are engaging with customers, partners and other stakeholders regarding the temporary suspension of business operations in the affected territories.
The company, which has become a favorite target of the Trump administration, is trying to avoid accusations that it supports any one side in the conflict. However, Ukrainian officials previously implied that the company may have deliberately sabotaged its products. For its part, DJI insists that its products are not sold for military purposes.
Earlier this month the company made a statement echoing the message, noting in part: “Our distributors, resellers and other business partners have committed to following this when they sell and use our products. They agree not to sell DJI products to customers who clearly plan to use them for military use or help modify our products for military use, and they understand that we will terminate our business relationship with them if they fail to meet this obligation.”
In March, the company responded to a tweet from Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov, noting that it would set up a geofence upon request. The company was also quick to point out that a determined drone pilot could easily bypass such restrictions. “Be aware that geofencing is not secure,” the company wrote, “and if the user does not connect to the Internet to update geofence data, the new geofence will not take effect for the drone.”
Such a statement highlights some of the larger problems with current drone security systems, whether they are used for military purposes or not.
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