European Data Protection Digest

Drone Usage on the Rise

SURVEILLANCE—GERMANY

June 28, 2012

Deutsche Welle reports on the rise of the use of drones in Germany and the privacy concerns it’s raising. Police have been using drones equipped with cameras to monitor soccer matches and protests, as well as in crimefighting efforts, the report states. And universities have been using them to conduct nature research. In May, a passage was added to the country’s Aviation Act stating companies had to take the federal data protection commissioner’s concerns about privacy into account, but “Nobody knows how they do this, or if they refuse, or if they are even aware of it,” said a Green Party spokesman.
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