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Made by Ryze and powered by a DJI flight control system, this affordable little drone is designed to be a super fun, entry-level drone for kids big and small. It takes low-end HD video and pictures. You can control it with an app on your phone. It flies for about 13 minutes on one battery charge. And it even lets you toss it in the air to get the drone party started. Just one thing, it has some known security issues, which kinda takes some of the fun out of it.
What could happen if something goes wrong?
Ryze collaborated with fellow China-based drone maker DJI to create this budget consumer drone and says they may share users' personal information with DJI. Unfortunately, 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.
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What data does the company collect?
Name, email address, mailing address, mobile phone number, location.
How does the company use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?
In 2020, research groups Synacktiv and GRIMM claimed that the DJI's (Ryze Tello parent company) 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, researchers contend. 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.
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User-friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Ryze Tello ReviewPC Mag
DJI Expands Data Privacy Protections For Government And Commercial Drone OperatorsDJI
Popular Chinese-Made Drone Is Found to Have Security WeaknessNew York Times
Dutch police using Chinese-made DJI drones the Defense Ministry rejected over security concerns: reportNL Times
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