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Civilian drones, privacy, and the federal-state balance

Bennett, W. C. (2014). Civilian drones, privacy, and the federal-state balance. Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings. https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/civilian_drones_privacy_bennett_NEW.pdf


Because remotely controlled flying robots are getting cheaper and more suitable for transportation purposes, we are going to see them more. Those robots are able to go where other vehicles can’t go and observe things humans can’t observe. In that way those robots can violate our privacy. There are a few problems for the government to make a law for this, because we don’t know how drones will be in a few years from now. The development of drones in cooperation with the government could lead to drones that won’t be able to violate too much of our privacy. A downside is that this new style of developing will take a while before it is entered.