European Data Protection Digest

Increased Drone Use Brings Calls for Clarity

SURVEILLANCE—UK

October 11, 2012

A European Commission report says there are approximately 400 applications for civilian drone use in development across the EU, and with this increase has come concerns that privacy and civil liberties are not being taken into consideration, The Guardian reports. Eric King of Privacy International says, "With the use of drones in European airspace spiralling, we urgently need greater clarity and transparency about when and how these tools are deployed." The U.S. Government Accountability Office has also noted the privacy concerns, and a global market research analyst notes, "The UK doesn't have a proper road map (for the roll out of drones); its existing roadmap was written in 2005 and it's too old."
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