AI News, Would You Shoot Your Neighbor’s Drone?

Would You Shoot Your Neighbor’s Drone?

Commentator Charles Krauthammer summed up that sentiment on Fox News in 2012 when he said, “I would predict—I’m not encouraging—but I predict the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that’s been hovering over his house is going to be a folk hero in this country.” Don’t dismiss such fiery talk as the ravings of a pundit bent on making news.

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) asked the assembled legal and technical experts, “Can you shoot down a drone over your property?” (He got no answer.) In response to all this vigilante fervor, the FAA issued stern warnings against firing at unmanned aircraft.

All of asudden, in 2007, the FAA says, ‘We own everything down to the grass.’ ” Voss is troubled about this for many reasons, including what the FAA’s assertion might mean for theexpansion of surveillance given that the U.S. Supreme Court has held that citizens should have no expectation of privacy when their activities can be observed from public airspace.

Drones are part of a larger disconnect between how quickly surveillance technology evolves and how slowly privacy law does.” Calo would like to see the FAA address privacy concerns as it formulates its new rules, at least as a stopgap measure until lawmakers can pass legislation.

But Calo says people can guard at least some of their privacy in the meantime using existing laws against harassment or “intrusion on seclusion.” Although it will no doubt take more than a year before the United States will get comprehensive regulations for the operation of large, high-flying unmanned aircraft, the FAA should very soon issue notice about the rules governing small systems.

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