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Police Chiefs Sign Drone Codes of Conduct

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August 17, 2012

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has adopted codes of conduct for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), The Washington Times reports. The recommended guidelines provide that captured images will be open for public viewing and will not be stored if there is no evidence of a crime or ongoing investigation. The codes recommend obtaining a warrant in cases where flights may intrude on an individual’s reasonable expectation of privacy, the report states. The IACP said, “Privacy concerns are an issue that must be dealt with effectively if a law enforcement agency expects the public to support the use of UAV by their police.”
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