Chinese drone giant SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd has been making sweeping cuts in its sales and marketing teams. The drone maker, in Shenzhen headquarters, has slashed its sales and marketing team from 180 to 60 in recent months. DJI’s former sr. employee said that they “kept on hiring people without creating a proper structure” and that the job cuts are a way to “trim the fat”. Sources also say that there is a geopolitical reason behind the job cuts.
Cybersecurity researchers reported vulnerabilities in a commercial drone-controlling app. In a separate report, researchers claimed this app to be collecting massive personal data of users. The app is used to control drones made by China-based Da Jiang Innovations or DJI – the world’s largest commercial drone maker. It has lakhs of users and is available on Google Android OS. This information can be misused by China. Pentagon has already banned DJI drones.