Friday, September 7, 2012

Report: Cops can use drones to spy on people

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 7:57 AM

In July, we wrote about how drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, were coming home from our wars to be put to use by police departments to track people at home.

Well, a congressional report released today says under existing law, police departments and other law enforcement can use drones for just about any kind of search they want without a warrant:

"Unless a meaningful distinction can be made between drone surveillance and more traditional forms of government tracking, existing [law] suggests that a reviewing court would likely uphold drone surveillance conducted with no individualized suspicion when conducted for purposes other than strict law enforcement."

That kicker quote comes on page 17; read the full study here. And kiss your expectations for privacy goodbye.

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