Drones With an Eye on the Public Cleared to Fly – NYTimes.com

18 Feb

A new federal law, signed by the president on Tuesday, compels the Federal Aviation Administration to allow drones to be used for all sorts of commercial endeavors — from selling real estate and dusting crops, to monitoring oil spills and wildlife, even shooting Hollywood films. Local police and emergency services will also be freer to send up their own drones.

But while businesses, and drone manufacturers especially, are celebrating the opening of the skies to these unmanned aerial vehicles, the law raises new worries about how much detail the drones will capture about lives down below — and what will be done with that information.

There are legitimate and important uses for domestic drones (this article lists some, such as looking for irrigation leaks in large fields) there are also real privacy issues, especially given a government that’s paranoid about terrorists.

via Drones With an Eye on the Public Cleared to Fly – NYTimes.com.

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