Balancing safety, privacy in use of drones

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 7, 2014 - 5:54 PM

FAA should be cautious in approving commercial uses.

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stplooklistnJan. 8, 14 4:29 AM

So do we tip the drone for the pizza? When the dog goes after the drone will my home owners reimburse cover it?

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wplettfanJan. 8, 14 7:20 AM

Better oil up your guns, the tyranny is about to begin!

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obstakesJan. 8, 14 7:52 AM

This is where we have to decide how much we are willing to give up for "security". I personally do NOT trust any of the people who will be flying these. NONE of them. I propose no drones allowed unless a warrant is approved. I would like to have judicial review prior to allowing them to fly above me anymore than they already are.

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FrankLJan. 8, 14 8:30 AM

This guy better stock up on some more tin foil for his hat. The only thing to learn is how to make sure drones don't interfere with the rest of the aviation system. Does it really matter that it is a drone or a manned aircraft inspecting the power lines, taking pictures for real estate agents, or doing cropdusting?

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gandalf48Jan. 8, 14 9:34 AM

Most of this stuff will simply play out in the courtroom...just don't allow prosecution of individuals based on routine drone patrols, make sure there is a warrant before we have a search...pretty basic 4th Amendment rights.

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swmnguyJan. 8, 1411:51 AM

I'm with "gandalf48" here, which is somewhat uncommon. All technologies present the opportunity for abuse. That is timeless, going back to the invention of the hand-held rock as a weapon. The types of abuse are that old, as well; violent force, invasion of privacy, theft of property or information, blackmail, coercion, etc. All of these issues are well-understood and have been for millennia. The laws that apply go back to the Magna Carta, if not to Roman law. All that is needed is to enforce the laws, even against the powerful.

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EleanoreJan. 9, 1412:31 PM

I wonder what I' going to be charging for use of my airspace? I'm thinking some people will never have a price to use it which is good with me, my property, my price. Welcome to the United States of America.

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hawkeye56379Jan. 9, 14 7:00 PM

Charging for the use of "your" airspace? Why don't you charge the same amount that you get from the airlines? Oh, that's right - the airspace isn't yours to charge for.

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alansonJan. 10, 1412:50 PM

Aviation technology in our airliners has advanced to the point where the pilots actually control the aircraft themselves for only a few minutes each flight. Please don't tell the FAA to be "cautious" and "deliberate" in the transfer of this technology to unmanned systems. It's the slowest moving bureaucracy on the planet already.

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