Pilots must warn the public about drone flights, says ICO privacy advice

Drone operator Ken Butti and Camera operator Robbie Josephsen carry a custom built DJI s1000 Drone on Sydney’s Palm Beah, Australia
Drone operator Ken Butti and Camera operator Robbie Josephsen carry a custom built DJI s1000 Drone on Sydney’s Palm Beah, Australia Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Drone pilots must respect people’s privacy when flying, the Information Commissioner’s office (ICO) has said, issuing new guidance on the operation of the unmanned aerial vehicles.

Pilots should let people know before they start to record them, should plan their flight in advance and not let their drone out of sight – both to ensure they don’t lose it, and to reassure members of the public that they are the one responsible for the vehicle.

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