Warning: *privacy not included with this product
DJI Mavic Series
DJI’s Mavic Series of drones range from the high-end Mavic 3 with a 28x super zooming HD camera and 46 minutes of flight time to the lower end Mini 2 that only weighs half a pound, fits in the palm of your hand and can fly for 31 minutes. These pricey consumer drones make taking pictures for above with features like 4k video, quick and easy transfer of photos and videos to your smartphone, and the ability to zoom right into your neighbor’s window. Please don’t use these drones to zoom into your neighbor’s window.
What could happen if something goes wrong?
China-based drone maker DJI has a history of not being good when it comes to privacy and security. Researchers raised concerns in 2020 about vulnerabilities in the Android app that control some DJI consumer drones and reportedly collect large amounts of personal data. If that data were leaked, they warned, it could then be exploited by the Chinese government. Currently, many government entities, including the United States military and the Dutch Ministry of Defense ban the drones, while it seems the FBI and Dutch police still purchase these drones. It all seems quite messy and rather scary.
Then there is the other privacy concern surrounding all drones — using them to spy on people in their own homes or in public spaces from afar. The new Mavic 3 has a 28x super zoom lense that could let someone record video up close and personal from far away. That’s pretty scary.
So buyer beware. Having the potential for personal information on your phone to be leaked to unknown sources who might exploit it, yeah, that's a really bad thing. Uncertainty if these drones are secure, another bad thing. Using these drones to spy on unsuspecting people, a really bad thing. All in all, we’re worried these DJI Mavic drones come with *privacy not included.
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What data does the company collect?
Name, user ID, email address, phone number, shipping address, location. Optional are gender, birthday.
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What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?
In 2020, research groups Synacktiv and GRIMM claimed that the DJI GO 4 application can force updates on users without routing them through the Google Play Store. Given the access the application has — including users’ contacts, microphone, camera, geolocation — it could give DJI or third parties nearly full control of users’ phones. Hundreds of thousands of customers across the world use the app to pilot their rotor-powered, camera-mounted aircraft. In their response, the company claimed that researchers found a typical software concerns, with no evidence they have ever been exploited.
In the Netherlands, DJI drones were banned for military use because of security concerns, but they are still in use by the police force.
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DJI and Microsoft Corp. have announced a strategic partnership to bring advanced AI and machine learning capabilities to DJI drones.
Is this AI untrustworthy?
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