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Police Employ Predator Drone Spy Planes On Home Front

Publication Date: 
December 08, 2011
Source: 
Los Angeles Times
Author: 
Brian Bennett

Ryan Calo, Director of Privacy and Robotics, spoke with the Los Angeles Times Brian Bennett to discuss law enforcements use of drones and how it could potentially push the boundaries of privacy.

Reporting from Washington— Armed with a search warrant, Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke went looking for six missing cows on the Brossart family farm in the early evening of June 23. Three men brandishing rifles chased him off, he said. Janke knew the gunmen could be anywhere on the 3,000-acre spread in eastern North Dakota. Fearful of an armed standoff, he called in reinforcements from the state Highway Patrol, a regional SWAT team, a bomb squad, ambulances and deputy sheriffs from three other counties. ... "Any time you have a tool like that in the hands of law enforcement that makes it easier to do surveillance, they will do more of it," said Ryan Calo, director for privacy and robotics at the Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. "This could be a time when people are uncomfortable, and they want to place limits on that technology," he said. "It could make us question the doctrine that you do not have privacy in public."