ANZ Dashboard Digest

Police Test Drones, Advocates Sound Caution

SURVEILLANCE—QUEENSLAND

March 16, 2012

Queensland Police are testing surveillance drones to the ire of civil liberties advocates. A police spokesman told the Herald Sun, "The Queensland Police (Service)...is in a research-and-testing stage" to determine the viability of the drones, and Police Federation of Australia Chief Executive Mark Burgess said several police jurisdictions are trailling the aircraft, and "The reality is, they will be one of the tools in the armoury." Not so fast, says Australian Council of Civil Liberties President Terry O'Gorman, who says "The potential for abuse is very worrying," and such testing should not be conducted absent "immediate input and oversight" from the Queensland privacy commissioner.
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