DJI Mavic Mini

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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!

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Tracks Location

Device: No

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

Users can register with either email or phone number

What data does it collect?

How does it use this data?

DJI does not automatically collect your photo or video without your consent. Your personal data may be shared as required by aviation regulations and requirements.

How can you control your data?

You can request that data be deleted.

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

Needs Improvement

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.

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Privacy policy

Yes

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

No

Company contact info

Phone Number

(818) 235 0789

Live Chat

No

Twitter

DJIGlobal

Updates

The US government grounded DJI — but here are the five drones it just approved
Sean Hollister
DJI may be synonymous with “drone,” but after the US Armed Forces, the Pentagon, and the Department of the Interior started banning and grounding Chinese models over spying fears, it created a vacuum in the market for a drone the United States government could trust.
World’s largest commercial drone maker DJI leaking user data to China, claim researchers
Financial Express
Drone powering app leaking user data to Beijing, find researchers! Cybersecurity researchers on Thursday reported that there were vulnerabilities in an app which controlled one of the most popular drones meant for consumers. In two separate reports, the researchers revealed that an app powering drones manufactured by China-based Da Jiang Innovations or DJI which is available on the Google Android operating system, is collecting a large amount of personal data. This data, they said, could be exploited by the Chinese government

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