Lobby Congress to Illegalize the use of Surveillance Drones

X-47BCall me concerned, but some recent news items have made more than a few people frightened that unmanned drones could be peaking in their windows and watching them as they go to work very soon. The first came back in September when US Congress passed the Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 which, among other things, required the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to accelerate drone flights in U.S. airspace.

A number of US law enforcement agencies have also adopted the use of drones for the sake of police work. Amongst them are the Miami-Dade Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Alameda Sheriff’s Department is likely to follow. The Seattle Police Department also maintained a small fleet as well, but grounded them due to public outcry and concerns over privacy.

As it stands, the Obama Administration has already adopted legislation that prevents drones from being armed and would demand that law enforcement agencies register drones, adopt privacy polices, and only use them in criminal matters for which warrants would be required.


6 thoughts on “Lobby Congress to Illegalize the use of Surveillance Drones

  1. hello, MM… oh, drones are being used here by American forces, particularly in the Southern parts of the country for about two decades already, as far as I know… it is said, they’re being employed in the counter-insurgency campaigns, although strictly speaking, Americans shouldn’t be part of that. they’re here only on the strength of visiting forces agreement (transient in nature), ahaha.

    anyway, the concern around here isn’t so much about intrusion into privacy of citizens, but something else. on the other hand, the local armed forces seem to have taken a liking to the drones and their capability to spy and do some of the works for them, ahaha. ^^

    hey, thanks for the visit, for reading and the likes. have a good week ahead… is it spring there already? 🙂

  2. Interesting reading, Matt…. Also the comment above ’35andupcynicismonhold’ certainly opened a can of worms for me… I hadn’t realised their usage was so far advanced…
    As with everything man creates; there is an upside and a downside..!

  3. Reblogged this on Rami Ungar The Writer and commented:
    A friend of mine started a petition to make the use of surveillances drones by police illegal on American soil. Since I’m concerned about the privacy rights that could potentially be violated and the potential to cause a panic with these drones, I’m signing the petition. Won’t you?

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