Feds unveil commercial drone rules; is privacy a thing of the past?

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
February 15 2015

“Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace and this milestone allows federal regulations and the use of our national airspace to evolve to safely accommodate innovation” said the Transportation Secretary.

Yeah, right.

What concerns me is not so much hobbyists and enthusiasts, though they can certainly intrude upon privacy. Nor are drones by Amazon or other such benign commercial uses particularly alarming. It is, as ever, the encroaching governmental police state that is troubling here.

Once the sky is abuzz with drones, our privacy will be lessened. Though it will likely be frowned upon by the US Supreme Court, police will still use drones to look into windows and the like to develop probable cause and then find alternate ways to present it to the court. We have seen this already in the DEA’s SOD and, of course, with the National Security Agency destroying any semblance of privacy in our communications.

Privacy. A thing of the past.

It is quaint to think of privacy in the age of social media. Indeed, this blog itself diverges some of my personal detains, and does so voluntarily. Yet that is my choice.

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The tin foil age – you are no longer crazy if you think that the government is spying on you. Tin foil hats are needed more now than ever before 😉

Mark Twain said: “Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like its heaven on earth.”

This becomes an exercize in impossibility if someone is always watching, listening, capturing, invading. Not only does this destroy creativity, it destroys part of the joy of life.

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