Shroff Calls for Debate on Drone Use, Regulation
SURVEILLANCE—NEW ZEALANDSeptember 20, 2012
New Zealand Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff is calling for a debate over the use and regulation of unmanned aerial vehicles, reports TVNZ. While recognising the benefits of drone use in emergency situations, “it’s their wider uses that potentially raise concerns,” Shroff said, adding, “Drones have the potential to be seriously intrusive.'' Stephen Davies Howard, director of aerial imaging company Sycamore, agrees with looking into the possibility of regulating the industry. UAVs are already used by commercial entities, and police are expected to announce whether they will use them in about six months.