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Commissioner Calls for Debate on Drones

SURVEILLANCE—AUSTRALIA

September 13, 2012

As police consider using drones to fight crime, the privacy commissioner has called for a public debate about potential implications, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has said he’s “particularly worried that this equipment can be easily purchased and used by individuals in their private capacity,” and such actions wouldn’t be covered by the Privacy Act. “For this reason and because of the potentially intrusive nature of this technology, I think that there needs to be public debate about the use of this technology and whether current regulations are sufficient to deal with any misuse,” Pilgrim said.
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