Common-sense regulation on drones can protect both privacy and encourage innovation

Now that the privacy commissioner has taken the initiative, the government should consider a consultation on balancing privacy and wider community interests


Since drones can film secretly while being controlled by computers or by remote pilots, regulators can be tempted to apply the letter of the law to protect privacy. However, while air safety is non-negotiable, the social and economic benefits of drones, such as land survey, weather prediction and fire-fighting, and their role in developing innovation and emerging technologies, have to be reconciled with protection of privacy so that it does not become unduly obstructive.

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