The world’s largest drone company may be in trouble with regulators and lawmakers after it sold its brand of “night vision drone” to a Chinese company, according to a report in Business Insider.
The US Department of Commerce said Thursday that it was reviewing the company’s financials after its purchase by Dalian Wanda Group.
The drone company has been the subject of a series of lawsuits over its use of Chinese components, including those used in its X-Band cameras.
In February, the FAA ordered the company to stop selling its XG-5 drone for the first time since it was introduced in 2009.
Dalian’s XG5 was first launched in 2009, and its first commercial drone, the XG7, was released in June.
The company has since expanded its drone line-up, including the XC8, which was announced earlier this year.
DALIAN DALIAGE DALIALIAN DAGGED UP ON COLLAPSE OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS AFTER COLLUSION WITH ANTI-SEMITIC GROUP (UP NEXT) The FBI is investigating whether the Dalian company has engaged in collusion with a Chinese cybersecurity group that was allegedly responsible for the theft of credit card data from hundreds of thousands of American consumers.
The FBI and the National Security Agency are also investigating the theft, which occurred in 2016.
DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS ON THE PLANET?
DALIONIAN AND THE FALLOUT The FBI investigation is focused on whether the X-band camera that Dalian is selling is a fake or the result of an unauthorized development.
Daliaimex said that it is not aware of any unauthorized technology development and that its XB-1 camera is designed to protect the privacy of consumers, according the report.
“This is a unique product that is designed for consumers,” the company said in a statement.
“It has no direct connection to the Chinese government or to the People’s Liberation Army, nor does it infringe upon the privacy rights of anyone.”
“Daliaimexes XB camera has been shown to be capable of intercepting data without a user’s knowledge or consent, including video chats,” the FTC wrote in the report released Thursday.
“While Daliaimes camera is not a video camera, it is a video capture device that can be used to capture video of an event.”
According to the FTC, Daliaimays XB unit was marketed to individuals who wanted to capture footage of their own homes or businesses.
The FTC also noted that DALIEMYS XB product can be “used to create a video feed of the entire home, and thus can capture footage on the entire premises without a person being present.”
The company is currently in the process of revamping its X5 camera to include a “passive camera mode” to better protect privacy.
The new camera will include a microphone and infrared camera, but the FTC did not specify how the camera will work.
DILIGENCE IN FEDERAL RECORDS DILINGUE, FLORIDA The FAA has been looking into DALII’s sales of the X7 XG and XG9XG cameras in Florida, and is conducting a review of DALILIAN’s operations there.
“The FAA will be reviewing whether DALIUMY’s X7 and XB XG products comply with federal privacy guidelines,” the agency said in the agency’s statement.
DALEAS HILLS, CO.
FLORID The Federal Trade Commision said in an earlier statement that it has received information indicating that DALEY, a Florida-based company, is selling the X5 XG2 camera for $3,000.
The FAA is also investigating whether DALEYS X6X camera infringes on any federal law.
Daleys X5 is not currently available in the United States, but is available in China.