Drones Vs Right To Privacy.

Drones are still new in India and not very often seen. Here is an interesting story that will tell you about the situation in brief. A friend is actually in the business of manufacturing them and I have had long chats on all the amazing uses drones are now being put to and am a great advocate for the increasing use of them. I actually would like to experience what Amazon has been threatening us with for some time – deliver ordered goods via drones!

Shackman on the other hand raises an important issue of privacy. In his typical style he has decided that both are antagonistic to each other whereas, I suggest that they are not but, can become if you allow them to. I accept that our privacy is very important and just to make it a very legal thing, our Supreme Court has come into the act with a ruling favouring our right to privacy as a fundamental right after doubts were raised when our primary identity method was sought to be linked to just about everything.

I personally do not have any problems with my privacy as I have enough and am willing to share my personal details with authorities who want it for various reasons. I can however understand why some others would not like to, as the possible damage to life and property could be much higher than my insignificant ones.

I would not however like a drone hovering over my garden when I am sitting there admiring the passing parade on the road adjacent.  Apart from being an annoying intrusion, it may just chase away some nice specimens parading outside.

I think that the contents of the link that I have shared in the first paragraph should take care of invasion of our privacy here and would really like to learn about how it is in the other parts of the world.

Shackman has suggested this week’s topic. I hope that he is back blgging so that I can access his take on the subject. You can see what the other writers of the LBC have to say in their respective blogs.  Maria, Pravin, Ashok and Shackman.

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18 Responses to Drones Vs Right To Privacy.

  1. Shackman says:

    I am. Back – sort of. We are in agreement it appears to me. The potential for abuse is huge so we must be very careful.

  2. Mike says:

    Regulating drones in the US, at least the small drones, hasn’t reached the extent described in the article you shared. That seems to be over-regulation in my view, especially for someone who just want to fly a small drone for his own pleasure.

    Unfortunately, there are too many instances where people fly the things in places where they are not supposed to be, so more regulation is inevitable.
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    • The problem with small drones for individual pleasure is in defining what is private and what is public space. Let me elaborate. A friend’s son in law, a resident of the USA recently came to visit his inlaws. He used a drone camera to photograph his family enjoying themselves in a play ground but there were other families there who objected and it became a big quarrel and the drone was destroyed by the other families.

  3. Yes, we need more regulation here in the states. At least enough to identify the drone and owner when they do something illegal, like flying over forest fires to take videos, thus preventing planes from fighting the fires.
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  4. nick says:

    Like you, I have plenty of privacy and don’t see many threats to it. Certainly not drones, which I’ve never seen here in Northern Ireland. I frequently divulge personal details to banks and other organisations and I have no problem with that. The only regular intrusions on my privacy are cold calls, usually when I’m upstairs and in the middle of something, and I rush downstairs to the phone only to find it’s yet another arsehole wanting to sell me something. Or the phone is completely silent.
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    • In India we can block such callers on both mobile phones and landlines. I am sure that you can do too. I have blocked them and they do not disturb me at all.

      • nick says:

        There’s now a service called BT Call Protect. You can report numbers to them and they’ll be blocked. We get fewer cold calls than we used to, but some organisations seem to get round the screening somehow – or their number is unavailable to BT.

        We’re also on the Telephone Preference Service, which is supposed to screen out unsolicited calls but still lets some of them through.
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  5. Looney says:

    Hunting season is getting going here, so maybe we could just allow people to shoot them?
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  6. tammy j says:

    ha! i’m with looney.
    I love the quote. the coolest thing you can do is maintain your mystery.
    I have never seen a drone in real life real time.
    I wonder how long it will take some terrorist somewhere to realize he can use them in some way for a weird weapon of destruction.
    the world of technology marches on!
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  7. Wisewebwoman says:

    I always applaud when these things implode. They have breached privacy out here on the Edge more times than u can count and for any criminal with 1/2 a brain reveal properties that are uninhabited.
    They should be restricted and as for unmanned killers nuff said.

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  8. I like the idea of drones making deliveries right to your doorstep. This may be happening in some places already. I’m not about to shoot them down, either. I think regulation and control of their use would solve most problems.
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