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Drones and Privacy Explained

Depending on what country you live in there are different laws regarding drones and privacy. Laws regarding personal privacy are a contentious issue for many and drones is just one more chip on wood pile.
Bring up the subject of drones at your local bar and you’re sure to elicit some strong opinions and a number of conspiracy theorist will come out with their theories of the government spying on us all. Personally I don’t think the government is really that organised or that your back yard is really that interesting anyway. If the government really wants to waste time watching me hang out my washing I’m really not that concerned.

Where the issue can get a little messy is when private drone operators use them in inappropriate ways not unlike when hidden cameras have been used to spy on change rooms or bathrooms. Again there are laws that cover this type of behaviour but first they need to be caught. Unfortunately there will always be people who break the law and this is an area where the laws need to try to keep up with the technology.

Whilst there is always the possibility of the technology to be misused, I think for the most part your privacy is safe. Well as safe as it is without drones, they’re only one more observation and recording device on the market along with CCTV, hand held recording devices, mobile phones, tablets and more. Unfortunately you can’t really be assured of privacy anywhere any more.

As a drone enthusiast yourself ensure you are aware of your local laws as to the required distances you need to observe when flying your vehicle. In addition to this ensure you use common sense and courtesy. Don’t be tempted to use your drone to fill someone without their permission, how would you feel if someone was watching you?

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In July 2016 a man from the US state of Kentucky, lost his quite expensive drone after another man shot it out of the sky. Although he was observing the required 200 feet away from the man’s property, the man felt his space and privacy was being invaded and shot the drone out of the sky. Although the man was initially charged, all charges were later dropped by the judge who said it was a reasonable action by the man fearing his privacy had been breached.

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