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When they first took off, the drones were hailed as the latest weapon in the war against crime.
But after police celebrated their first arrest thanks to one of the miniature remote-controlled helicopters, it emerged it was not only a suspected car thief who was potentially breaking the law.
Merseyside Police has been forced to ground its drones for flying them without the appropriate licence.
Originally posted by The Chez
Apart from the public safety issue here, it won't be long before these drones are being used by a whole manner of other 'departments'. I see these groups using them:
Local councils - to spy on people for things like fly tipping, putting the wrong rubbish in the wrong bin, minor car parking offenses, graffiti, public unrination, school catchement areas, so on so forth. All this will be sold to us under the banner of 'preventing anti social behavour', just as government privacy intrustions are pushed under the banner of 'anti terrorism'.
Private investigators - to spy on anyone under their watch, most probably for things like extra marital affairs (crimes of love, Orwell I hand you your heart on a plate, eat it out).
Supermarket chains - using them to spy on where customers shop & what they buy from competition.
Social Services - to spy on people's children, keeping watch of what they are doing and what their parents are doing for the slightest slip-up, to make the given child is a candidate for snatching & adoption.
The possibilities are ENDLESS, we must let TPTB know they cannot fly unmanned spy drones in our neighborhoods unhindered.
Originally posted by hadriana
If they start flying those too close to people's homes in Georgia, people will start shooting at them.
Sorry officer, I thought it was a hawk tryin' to get my chickens.
Hey Chez - I think you're right - Democracy now did a piece on CIA moonlighting for the private sector and how they are using all this super spy stuff in battles like Hershey vrs Mars. The banks are hiring them too...so what you are saying, IMO, isn't that far of a reach at all.
[edit on 16-2-2010 by hadriana]