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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Domestic Drones Lining up to Invade Privacy

Dozens of organizations concerned about a cataclysmic loss of privacy for Americans are petitioning the federal government to address that issue as thousands – maybe even tens of thousands – of drones are expected to be put into the air over the U.S. in coming years.

“Drones greatly increase the capacity for domestic surveillance. Gigapixel cameras used to outfit drones are among the highest definition cameras available, and can ‘provide real-time video streams at a rate of 10 frames a second.’ On some drones, operators can track up to 65 different targets across a distance of 65 square miles. Drones may also carry infrared cameras, heat sensors, GPS, sensors that detect movement, and automated license plate readers,” warns the letter sent to Michael Huerta, the acting administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.


That organization has been assigned by Congress to develop rules over dispatching drones over the heads of consumers all across America.

The letter was signed by officials with the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the World Privacy Forum, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Patient Privacy Rights, Liberty Coalition, Government Accountability Project, Demand Progress, Cyber Privacy Project, Center for National Security Studies, Bill of Rights Defense Committee and dozens of other groups and individuals.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Police are salivating at the prospect of having drones to spy on lawful citizens. Congress approved 30,000 drones in U.S. Skies. That amounts to 600 drones for every state. It is problematic U.S. Government agencies and police will want to use domestic drones to record without warrants, personal conversations in Americans’ private homes and businesses: for example CISPA the recent Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act if passed by Congress will allow——the military and NSA warrant-less spying on Americans’ private and confidential Internet electronic Communications. CISPA will allow any self-protected cyber entity without a warrant to share with NSA any person’s private Internet information, e.g. emails that might allegedly relate to a cyber threat or crime—circumventing the fourth amendment.

Despite local police surveillance drones being recently banned or restricted by some cities and counties, local police may call in Federal Drones to spy on lawful Americans. Local police have a strong financial incentive to work with the Feds (asset forfeiture sharing) that can result from drone surveillance). Alert: Should (warrant-less drone surveillance evidence be allowed introduced in courts, (recorded conversations inside private homes including your bedroom, expect federal and local police arrests and civil asset forfeitures to escalate because civil asset forfeiture requires only a preponderance of civil evidence to forfeit property, little more than hearsay: any private conversation a drone picks up inside a private home or business may be taken out of context to institute civil asset forfeiture to confiscate a home and other assets. Local police now circumvent state laws that require a person be convicted before police can civilly forfeit their property—by flipping their investigation to the feds (Adoption); and by working with Federal Agencies, the Feds can rebate to the referring local police department 80% of federally forfeited assets.