DJI is launching a new feature that allows drone pilots to operating in Local Data Mode that will essentially cut off all Internet traffic going to and from the drone. This will allow for increased security and is intended to benefit those who use drones for sensitive purposes (but will also comfort anyone who watched the film Untraceable and is paranoid about those pesky hackers).

Local Data Mode, which comes in the next DJI Pilot app update, means that any data the drone gathers - photos, videos, flight logs and data - will stay on the drone's SD card until manually retrieved. However, this also means that there are features designed to make flying easier that will not work because they rely on Internet connectivity.

When in Local Data Mode, users won't be notified of firmware upgrades, so users are encouraged to download and install the latest updates before using Local Data Mode. New drones will need to be activated by logging into a DJI account. Finally, Local Data Mode might now be allowed in areas where Internet connectivity is required by local regulations.

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