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Opinion: Civilian Drones Mean Private Data Caches

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

February 21, 2012

The applications of data gathered by the civilian use of drones "will expand with imagination and additional leaps in technology," opines Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard Law School in The New York Times. And if civilian drones become common, it will be difficult to argue that government can't use them as well, he says. We should be moderately concerned about this, he says, because individuals could be recognized by their gaits and license plate numbers could be readable--and that data stored in a private database would be difficult to regulate by law. Such a database could simply be sold to the highest bidder, Zittrain writes. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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