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DJI said it would comply with China’s requests for drone data. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES


Chinese-based drone manufacturer DJI said Wednesday it complies with government requests to hand over data collected by unmanned aerial vehicles, the New York Times reported. This is a standard requirement for any business working in the country, but DJI stated it could provide data from drones flown in Hong Kong if requested to do so by the Chinese government.

If the Chinese government requests data from a particular drone, DJI will notify the user, company spokesman Zhang Fanxi said in a press briefing held in Shenzhen, the mainland industrial city near Hong Kong. “We are constantly having communications with our government and related departments. We have made suggestions to regulators and given them our advice, and said that we’re willing to share our data,” Zhang said.

The data collected by drones, such as DJI’s popular Phantom line of UAVs, includes GPS location, flight logs and video. Zhang said DJI would comply with Chinese requests for data within the county, with the possibility of data from Hong Kong being handed over to the government.

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