Warning: *privacy not included with this product
DJI Mavic Mini
Review date: 11/02/2020
About the size of a smartphone, this little drone will capture your HD video while using GPS to hover over you as you skateboard, walk on the beach, or walk your dog. It's got 30 minutes of maximum flight time, so make sure you keep those walks short. Get yourself a good sized microSD card so you save all those videos you created with this flying drone. And please don't fly your new drone over places you shouldn't, like airports, wildfires, and your neighbor's bedroom window.
What could happen if something goes wrong
China-based DJI has a history of not being good when it comes to privacy and security. Researchers recently warned there are vulnerabilities in the Android app that controls some DJI consumer drones that allows for the collection of large amounts of personal data. The leaked data, they warned, could then be exploited by the Chinese government. DJI drones have also been easily hacked in the past. In 2017, the US Military even issued a ban on using this company's drones for military purposes. Owning an insecure flying camera could present some problems for civilians too, so buyer beware. Having the personal information on your phone leaking to unknown sources who might exploit it, yeah, that's a really bad thing!
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
Users can register with either email or phone number
What data does it collect?
Name, contact information, gender, birthday
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?
Security research firms, Synacktiv and GRIMM found that DJI Go app collected users personal data illegally. Note: A different app DJI Fly controls the DJI Mavic Mini.