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Only makes sense if rhetorical: Can Police Be Trusted With Drones?

By their nature, domestic drones are untrustworthy in anyone‘s hands.

No better time to protest than now:

Earlier this month, the Seattle Police Department grounded two drones it had purchased in response to privacy concerns, and Charlottesville, Virginia became the first American city to ban drone flights within city limits. California and 11 other states are considering legislation that would set standards for drone use. And last week, federal lawmakers introduced legislation that would prohibit domestic drones from being armed, require agencies to register drones and adopt privacy policies, and limit the use of drones to criminal matters in which warrants would be required.

Privacy advocates see an urgent need to regulate drones before they become even more advanced. Trevor Timm, a policy analyst for EFF, fears that Ahern will eventually want to replace his drone with something like Lockheed Martin’s Stalker, which can be recharged in the air with a laser and stay aloft for more than 48 hours. “This is why it is crucial to have rules of the road in place now,” he says. “Because once the door is opened, it will become much harder to restrict drone use in the future.”

Via Mother Jones.

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