Data Privacy for DJI Drones: Expanded Protections for Government and Commercial Drone Operators

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Amid ongoing trade tensions between China and the U.S. that has led to concerns about data privacy for DJI drones, DJI continues to enhance the security of their platform.  Today,  DJI announced that they would make Local Data Mode – a feature that eliminates entirely the need for internet connectivity, completely preventing the transmission of data over the internet – available in the DJI GO4 and DJI Fly flight control apps within a few months.

Users of the DJI Pilot app have been able to use Local Mode for data privacy in DJI drones since 2017: “Today’s commitment to expanding availability of this feature follows an independent review and validation of Local Data Mode and DJI’s drone products by FTI Consulting (FTI), a global leader in cybersecurity,” says a company press release.
A “Kill Switch” Feature

While some consulting firms have independently reviewed data privacy for DJI drones, the findings of firms without a background in drone technology can be misleading.  Government concerns over Chinese government involvement in technology companies have become confused with fears over actual vulnerabilities in the platform.  With the Local Mode feature, DJI is providing a “kill switch” – with no connection to the internet, the data …

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