An Android application that controls a drone manufactured by China-based Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) contains a self-update feature that bypasses the Google Play Store, thus creating the ability for the app to transmit sensitive personal information to DJI’s servers or possibly the Chinese government.

The DJI GO 4 Android app has been designed for use on drones that have a broad range of applications, from military and law enforcement to use by photographers and various hobbyists. DJI’s drones have become so controversial that both the DOD and U.S. Interior Department have stopped using them with DOD issuing an outright ban.

French researchers at Synacktiv confirmed their findings with GRIMM security research group, according to GRIMM CEO Brian DeMuth. The two companies both released blogs on the findings, first reported by the New York Times.

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