Are Drones an Invasion of Privacy?

Are Drones an Invasion of Privacy?

According to NBC News, drones in Seattle have been grounded due to the heated debates of privacy issues that residents have with the drones flying over their properties without any notice. In Seattle, the drones (miniature helicopters that weigh only 3.5 lbs) are equipped with still and night-vision cameras that can record live-footage while they’re in flight. The drones are mostly used in missing person searches and criminal investigations, but others worry that they pose a threat to personal privacy for the residents.

Other law enforcement agencies around the globe either already use drones or plan on using them in the future. How do you feel about the use of drones that have the capability to record whatever they pass while in flight? Do you feel that they could provide security to residents by possibly finding criminal activity? Or do you think that they are an invasion of privacy and need to be grounded everywhere?

I personally think that the use of drones is a double-edged sword. Drones can be used for good in most cases, especially when used in criminal investigations, but what happens if the drones were to get into the wrong hands? With surveillance cameras being everywhere, not just in the skies, is anyone’s privacy protected anymore?

Posted by Lindsay Page on Feb 22, 2013


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