Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:48 CST
Put words like “surveillance” and “unmanned aerial systems” together, and people begin to worry about Big Brother watching their every move.
At the direction of Mayor Mike McGinn, the Seattle Police Department has been working on rules governing the use of drones. A city council committee will discuss, and likely vote, on the proposed policy Wednesday afternoon.
The SPD has two drones, so far, that were obtained with a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. While the technology will become more advanced, the drones Seattle has burn through batteries in about 10 minutes.
The city says the systems “are intended to help us protect public safety by gathering visual information in specific situations where sending in an officer would not be safe, or to take crime scene photography that a human being could not easily capture.
The use of aerial surveillance cameras will be “tightly controlled, regulated and will not be used to conduct random surveillance,” they say.
Here’s how the Seattle Police Department proposes using the new technology:
- Drone zone: Proposed aerial surveillance rules for Seattle (sott.net)
- SPD proposal on Unmanned Aerial Systems (spdblotter.seattle.gov)
- From the start, SPD’s drones have come under fire (q13fox.com)
- Security cameras on Seattle shoreline raise privacy issues (oregonlive.com)
- States propose limiting use of drones by police (cnsnews.com)
- States step up fight against use of surveillance drones by police (foxnews.com)
- The City Council Is Discussing the SPD’s Drone Program Right Now (slog.thestranger.com)
- Some states seek to curb use of drones by police (cbsnews.com)
- Seattle considers police drones (kfor.com)
- Drones spur fierce debate in Oregon over privacy, technology, jobs (oregonlive.com)