Tuesday, May 21, 2019

DJI gives your drone video to government?


"Chinese-made drones may be sending sensitive flight data to their manufacturers in China, where it can be accessed by the government there, the US Department of Homeland Security warned in an alert issued Monday obtained by CNN. The drones are a 'potential risk to an organization's information,' the alert from DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency states."

Well, duh.  You know, I hope, as a DJI user that your flight information and your videos are kept by DJI.  It's not a very big step in China for a company to share such information with the government.

As a Spark user, I realize this but figure my videos and flights would just be noise to any government snoops.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Drone pilot arrested for violating sports air space


"Tracy Michael Mapes, 56, of North Highlands, in Sacramento County, was charged Tuesday with violating temporary flight restrictions in national defense airspace at two National Football League games on Nov. 26, 2017.
According to an affidavit attached to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Mapes flew a drone that dropped the flyers on spectators at a game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara."

I'm happy they caught this guy.  Apparently the cops just followed the drone to the operator.