The skies open up for large civilian drones
So is this the next stage In big brother surveillance? This is a good question and I doubt many people will question this or even be worried if it is the next step in big brother surveillance. Most do not care about the surveillance we have now or even question it, but everyone should as it will be too late when a police state is here as it will be too late to do anything about it.
‘But the role of the drone is now changing. Millions of pounds are being sunk into civilian projects – everything from border security to police surveillance and even transporting goods.’ I am wondering how drones are going to help the police, border security and transporting goods. The police do a pretty poor job of surveillance with surveillance tools currently available such as CCTV (as previously discussed in Train passengers Face Airport-Style Security). How is it going to help border security? asylum seekers are usually stowed away in lorries or in cargo crates, unless the drones are going to have x-ray or heat sensors on them to see through these items. If it is due to illegal cargo, only humans will be able to search the cargo and find this out (even with aid of x-ray etc), a drone can not. Transporting goods, surely the only people who want to keep an eye on their transported goods is the military or government and having a drone flying nearby, this is drawing attention to the drone and the transported goods and would create an interest to what is being transported.
‘The CAA has already handed out 120 permits to fly small, lightweight drones. By 2020 this may be extended to larger unmanned aircraft.’ That is a lot of drones, I wonder what they are used for? If it is reasonable easy to have a drone and fly it, how easily could the drones be misused? This should be worrying for a lot of people as we will not know who owns the drone and what their intentions are for using them.
‘Five police forces have tested small, lightweight drones as an alternative to traditional air support units, although only one force – Staffordshire – still uses the device.’ Does this suggest that the four police forces who no longer use them, thought the drones were useless or is it simply down to money? I wonder if they have any statistical evidence to say if drones have helped in the fight against crime. This mean 119 drones are used for other reasons.
‘It is legal to fly your own drone in the UK without any special permission if it weighs less than 20kg and it is flying more than 150m from a congested area.’ So does this mean anyone could have a drone and fly it? Do you have to have a permit or not?
Soon we will all be chipped??? wonder how many would protest this? we are as good as chipped already, with mobile phone tracking abilities. In America some children are being chipped because it will help find them if they go missing. What happens when these children turn into adults? I wonder if many people would actually protest this, if it was ever suggested.
I feel our privacy and freedom is slowly being eroded again, little by little, some will not be worried about security at train stations and the drones, because they feel it might not happen, but usually what happens, it is put into the media and slowly put into society without people noticing and then surveillance is everywhere and too late to do anything about it.
“There is a real failure to have a proper discussion and debate about this in the UK. Very few parliamentarians for instance are talking about this.” Think this says it all, if MP’s etc are showing they are not interested then the general public will not be interested and worried about the extra surveillance being drip feed slowly into society.