European Data Protection Digest

Considerations of Commercial Drone Use

SURVEILLANCE

January 27, 2012

After years of debating the ethical and legal considerations of drone use in war times, "pressure is mounting" for the Civil Action Authority to re-evaluate regulations to allow domestic drone use, reports The Guardian. "It is widely anticipated that they will be used as a security measure during the London Olympics," the report states, and use by government and, potentially, commercial agencies is expected to rise. M. Ryan Calo writes in the Stanford Law Review that domestic use is inevitable but may end up acting as a "privacy catalyst." Calo writes, "People would feel observed, regardless of how or whether the information was actually used. The resulting backlash could force us to reexamine not merely the use of drones to observe but the doctrines that today permit this use."
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