Domestic Drones


by Joanna Brenner

A Seven Dispatch Series

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June 16, 2014

Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as UAVs or drones, became part of our conversations as the military increased their use during the conflicts in Iraq and Afganistan. 

Now drones are increasingly being used for work in law enforcement. Dozens of US police forces have applied to the FAA for UAV permits. As of August 2013, commercial unmanned aerial system (UAS) licenses were granted on a case-by-case basis.

Drones have been developed for aerial surveying of crops, filmmaking, search and rescue, pipeline inspections, medical delivery to remote areas and more. Potential for abuse from aerial surveillance, however, abounds. In February 2013, Seattle Mayor Michael McGinn scrapped the Seattle Police Department's plan to deploy UAVs in response to protests.

The future of daily drones is really just around the corner. What are our rights when a drone flies over our home? Who will protect those rights? When Amazon delivers a package by drone, how does that impact your neighbors rights? 

This Newstream will explore the robots of the air that will soon be right over your head: Domestic Drones.

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