Privacy, intrusion issues dog rollout of unmanned drones by police

The use of domestic surveillance drones is in its infancy in Canada but a new study is warning there need to be clear policies on how they’re used before any large-scale rollout by police and other agencies.

The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the study, to be released next week, prepared byBlock G Privacy and Security Consulting.

The report, entitled Watching Below: Dimensions of Surveillance by UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in Canada, was compiled by culling existing academic articles on the subject.

“It responds to the questions of how and why Canadian authorities are adopting Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and provides an outline of the current Canadian policy network that is investigating the privacy issues linked to authorities’ uses of UAVs,” says the synopsis on Block G’s web site.

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