Skip to comments.Protect privacy from drones at home, lawmakers say
Posted on 07/20/2012 6:06:04 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
WASHINGTON (AP) Before thousands of civilian drones begin flying in U.S. skies, Congress should take steps to protect the public's privacy and prevent terrorists from hacking or jamming signals that control the aircraft, lawmakers said Thursday.
House members from both parties said at an oversight hearing that they're worried about potential privacy and security threats as the use of small unmanned aircraft becomes widespread. The Federal Aviation Administration forecasts an estimated 10,000 civilian drones will be in use in the U.S. within five years.
Even Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, co-chair of bipartisan group of lawmakers promoting greater domestic use of drones, acknowledged that legislation to protect privacy may be necessary.
There is tremendous demand to use drones at home for all kinds of tasks that are too dirty, dull or dangerous for manned aircraft. Drones also are often cheaper than manned aircraft. The biggest market is expected to be state and local police departments.
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Mostly in the hands of police.
What's that sound coming from the ancient, hallowed cemeteries of the original 13 states? Sounds like spinning???
Doesn’t matter what they do. Pass a law, whatever. As long as there a bureaucrats who might be tempted to task a drone to gain information of value to their political masters, privacy will be violated.
There are all kinds of regulations about internet privacy & health record privacy. Those are often pierced with no real consequences to them that breaks the rules. Ask Joe the Plumber (financial records). Ask Sarah Palin (personal emails).
Very expensive undertaking, and FAA taking years to write new regs. Oh joy.
Crush the tinfoil before you make the hat. The random angles help to scatter the radar return signature.
I predict a new shotgun craze called “sporting drones”
Very very good prediction, about the shotgun craze of “sporting drones”.
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