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ACLU Wants Rules for Domestic Drone Use

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

December 16, 2011

In advance of an expected uptick in the domestic use of unmanned drones by law enforcement agencies, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wants to set "good privacy ground rules" so "society can enjoy the benefits of this technology without having to worry about its darker potentials," according to a report by the organization. CNN reports that the ACLU acknowledges current regulations but recommends limits on how and when unmanned aerial vehicles can be used. "The deployment of drone technology domestically could easily lead to police fishing expeditions and invasive, all-encompassing surveillance that would seriously erode the privacy that we have always had as Americans," said a co-author of the ACLU report.
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