Privacy Mode: Safeguarding Privacy in DroneDeploy Walks

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In today's digital age, privacy concerns are at the forefront of technological advancements. Recognizing the importance of privacy protection, DroneDeploy is proud to introduce Privacy Mode, a feature designed to safeguard the privacy of individuals captured in 360 Walks.

Privacy Mode is available to Enterprise subscription tiers with the Ground Capture feature activated.

What is Privacy Mode?

Privacy Mode is an innovative feature that automatically masks the faces and bodies of individuals detected in 360 Walks during processing. This feature offers two distinct methods of masking:

Solid Color Mask: This is the default setting and ensures a higher level of privacy by completely obscuring the faces and bodies of individuals. While effective in protecting privacy, this method may be deemed too extreme for some users as it also obscures safety vests and other protective equipment.

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Gaussian Blur
: As an alternate setting, Gaussian Blur provides a slightly lower privacy standard while maintaining some context of the original image. This method retains certain visual cues such as the color of safety vests, allowing for a degree of identification while still protecting privacy. However, it's essential to note that Gaussian Blur may potentially be reverse-engineered to reveal the original image.

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Why Choose Privacy Mode?

Privacy Mode is an opt-in feature that caters to privacy-conscious users, particularly contractors working on projects in sensitive environments such as schools or public/government facilities. Additionally, Privacy Mode aligns with the stringent privacy requirements outlined by the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

How to Enable Privacy Mode

Enabling Privacy Mode is simple and straightforward. You can reach out to your Customer Success Manager (CSM) for assistance in adding this feature to your DroneDeploy account. Alternatively, you can contact Support@dronedeploy.com for further guidance and support in activating Privacy Mode.

Limitations of Privacy Mode

While Privacy Mode offers robust privacy protection, it's essential to acknowledge its limitations. Individuals who are far away or obstructed from view may not be accurately identified and therefore may not be masked. Additionally, if individuals are positioned very close to the monopod, with only the top of their heads visible, they may not be detected by the system.

Privacy Mode FAQs

1. What is Privacy Mode in DroneDeploy?
- Privacy Mode in DroneDeploy is a feature designed to automatically mask the face and body of any persons detected in 360 Walks when processing images. It provides an added layer of privacy by obscuring identifiable features in captured imagery.

2. How does Privacy Mode work?
- Privacy Mode supports two methods of masking: solid color mask and Gaussian blur. The solid color mask sets a higher privacy standard by completely obscuring faces and bodies with a solid color, while Gaussian blur maintains some context of the original image by applying a blurred effect.

3. Why would I use Privacy Mode?
- Privacy Mode is particularly valuable for privacy-conscious users, such as contractors working on public or government facilities, or those operating in regions with stringent privacy regulations like the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It helps ensure compliance with privacy laws and protects the identities of individuals captured in aerial imagery.

4. Can I choose between different masking methods in Privacy Mode?
- Yes, Privacy Mode allows users to select between a solid color mask and Gaussian blur based on their privacy preferences and requirements. Users can choose the method that best aligns with their privacy standards and use case.

5. Are there any limitations to Privacy Mode?
- While Privacy Mode is effective at masking faces and bodies in most scenarios, it may have limitations when individuals are far away or obstructed from view. Additionally, if a person is very close to the camera and only partially captured in the frame, they may not be detected and masked accordingly.

6. How can I enable Privacy Mode on my DroneDeploy account?
- To enable Privacy Mode on your DroneDeploy account, you can reach out to your Customer Success Manager (CSM) for assistance or contact Support@dronedeploy.com for further guidance. The support team will help you add this feature to your account and provide any necessary assistance or training.

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