Civilian Drones and Privacy

September 01, 2016

Civilian Drones and Privacy 

Quadcopters or drones are unmanned aerial devices used to take aerial view photographs and record videos. Whether you like them or not, they have become popular and used in a wide range of industries. From journalism to media, photography, cinematography, real estate, search and rescue mission, research, agriculture, mining, logistics, construction, travel and tourism, drones have improved marketing initiatives and helped people in many tremendous ways. 

Everyone now uses quadcopters either for business or for pleasure. To curb unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) accidents or inappropriate usage of these devices, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has established rules and regulations guiding drone applications. Since when these robots have come into existence, privacy has been the major problem many people have with drones. You wouldn’t want these robots flying over your house, taking pictures of you or your kids without your consent, or storing your personal details. Some drones are tiny and can spy on people without being noticed. Privacy is one thing we cherish, so the government has set up drone usage policies that put these robots in check. To avoid privacy violation, the following recommendations are placed for approval.

  • Usage Limits: Law enforcing agencies should deploy quadcopters and authorization should be provided before someone may use them.
  • Usage Policy: The public should be informed of drone usage policies. It should be clear and concise so that people don’t go against them.
  • Limited Drone Features: Civilian UAVs should not have any form of weapon or equipment that can cause harm to people.

The increase in the sale of civilian drones has created more concerns to the government and the aviation regulating body on how to discuss safety fears. In 2015, the FAA announced that all quadcopter users should be registered on their national database to curb privacy violation. Even though there are great concerns about the usage of these robots, they possess no major threats. But we cannot rule out the possibility of these flying robots being used by terrorists to get information about a target area or to get information about people with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

In sum, you don’t need permission from the FAA to fly your drone, but you need to follow the rules and regulations that have been set up. The guidelines are as follows:

  • All quadcopters that weigh over 0.55 pounds must be registered
  • Registration number should be labeled on your UAV
  • You must be 13 years and older to fly these robots
  • Drones must be flown below 400 feet
  • These flying machines must be kept on sight
  • These devices should not be flown near airports or other aircraft
  • They should never be flown over crowds or groups of people.
  • You should never fly your robots under the influence of alcohol or any hard drugs 
  • They should never be flown over sports events or stadiums.

To create safety measures and protect people’s privacy, the government, quadcopter manufacturers and UAV users need to work together to make sure that rules and regulations are followed. These devices are fun to run, but you should consider people’s privacy when using them.   

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