Category Archives: Regulation and Legislation

Drones: Guardians or Menace to Privacy

In the past few years, the singular use of drones in conflict zones has dominated the news media. University of California-Berkeley researchers, however, are working on what they perceive as “good drones,” according to SF Weekly.

US Department of Homeland Security Built Domestic Surveillance Technology Into Predator Drones

‘The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance tasks that have civil libertarians worried: identifying civilians carrying guns and tracking their cell phones, government documents show.’

States seeks limits on domestic drones

States Seek Legal Limits on Domestic Drones

By Maggie Clark, Staff Writer

The city of Seattle recently ended its drone program following intense pressure from civil liberties groups. (ALAN BERNER/The Seattle Times)
Ready or not, the drones are coming home: Nine law enforcement agencies in six states already use drones, and another nine have applied to the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to do the same. So far, police agencies have not used drones for general surveillance, but lawmakers in nearly half the states are looking to enhance privacy protections before drones become standard policing.