Parrot Anafi

Parrot Anafi


Review date: Nov. 8, 2021


Mozilla says

People voted: A little creepy

This little drone from French drone maker Parrot comes with 4k HDR video, fancy digital stabilization, a camera with an 180° view, 25-minutes of flight time, and some super smart AI that lets you pick a person to follow and then step back and let the drone do all the following. Fortunately with this drone, you also get improved privacy and security features we've seen lacking in many other consumer drones. Good work Parrot!

What could happen if something goes wrong?

In years past when we reviewed consumer drones, too many of them had poor privacy and security. That's why it's nice to see Parrot’s Anafi drone take real steps to protect users' privacy. Parrot makes their drone with “privacy by design”, which means they do things like only processing relevant data, not collecting much data on users to begin with, and only sharing any personal data to third parties with your express consent. They also encrypt all photos and videos stored on the device’s SD card with strong encryption.

We love to see these strong privacy and security practices and we’re not alone. While the US military has banned the use of DJI drones, Parrot drones are approved for use by the US Department of Defense. This drone costs $700, so you are paying a price to get that privacy and security. What’s the worst that could happen? Well, please don’t use this drone to spy on your neighbors in their backyard, that would be rude. Other than that, we aren’t too worried about what could go wrong with this little drone from Parrot.

Tips to protect yourself

  • Protect the phone or tablet you control your drone with from malware
  • Use a strong password
  • Keep your drone's firmware updated regularly
  • Use a VPN
  • mobile

Can it snoop on me? information


Device: Yes

App: Yes


Device: No

App: No

Tracks location

Device: Yes

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

Parrot will not transmit your Personal Data to third parties who may use it for commercial purposes without your express consent.

How can you control your data?

You can delete your data when (i) this data is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was collected, (ii) you exercise your right to oppose the processing concerned, or (iii) the processing concerned is illicit. However, this right does not apply when it is necessary for Parrot to store your data to comply with a legal obligation or to exercise rights in court.

What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?


No known incidents in the last 3 years.

Can this product be used offline?


User-friendly privacy information?


Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information




ANAFI USA encrypts all photos and videos stored on its SD card, using an AES-XTS algorithm with a 512-bit key length.

Strong password


The drone sets its own secure WiFi network to communicate with the phone/remote controller, and authentication is handled by the strong encryption key.

Security updates


Software and firmware updates happen automatically for the drone and remote controller.

Manages vulnerabilities


Parrot has a bug bounty program and performs regular security audits of Parrot products and suppliers. Security patches are made rapidly available when vulnerabilities are identified.

Privacy policy


Does the product use AI? information


Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

The software used to control the drone uses AI to identify objects to fly around it or to follow it. Everything is computed on the device of the user and no information is sent to Parrot or third parties.

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine

*Privacy Not Included

Dive Deeper

  • The US government grounded DJI — but here are the five drones it just approved
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  • Parrot launches Bug Bounty program to keep its drones secure
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  • FCC commissioner calls for tighter restrictions on DJI drones
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