DJI launches Local Data Mode (aka Privacy Mode)

DJI Local Data Mode (Privacy Mode)

DJI Launches Privacy Mode For Drone Operators

Yesterday DJI launched a new mode that stops internet traffic to and from its DJI Pilot app (for now it’s not available on the DJI Go app) when DJI drones are in flight, Local Data Mode.

The new Local Data Mode was already announced in August of 2017 as a response to the US Army ban of DJI drones and will be available in the most recent update to the DJI Pilot app on CrystalSky (and select Android devices). With this new mode, DJI addresses the fear of vulnerabilities: “When an operator activates Local Data Mode, the app will stop sending or receiving any data over the internet. This adds an additional layer of security for operators of flights involving critical infrastructure, governmental projects or other sensitive missions.”

What it comes down to is that this mode will block all data that comes from and goes to the internet. Because of this the DJI Pilot app will also no longer detect the location of the user, won’t show maps and won’t be able to detect no-fly zones. So, just like with the older versions of the DJI drones, the operator is responsible for flight safety and for adhering to the local rules/laws. Telemetry data on flight logs such as altitude, distance or speed will still remain stored locally as before.

Like we already mentioned, Local Data Mode is not available for the DJI GO 4 app at this time. Although DJI said, in an interview with The Verge, that they will wait and see how the mode is received on the DJI Pilot app first before deciding whether or not they’ll make it available for the DJI Go app as well.

To activated Local Data Mode operators have to open the DJI Pilot app and then click on “Activate LDM Mode”. The operator will then have to enter a password which will be required to deactivate Local Data Mode again.

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