Google chief urges action to regulate mini-drones

One wonders what Eric Schmidt’s opinion is of the Google staff that we know using the technology. Perhaps the technology is just dandy in their hands?  The issue of regulation does need to be addressed in the USA. As ever though the shuffling of chairs and meetings to organize meetings seem to top of the agenda for the FAA.

The BBC reports:- The influential head of Google, Eric Schmidt, has called for civilian drone technology to be regulated, warning about privacy and security concerns. Cheap miniature versions of the unmanned aircraft used by militaries could fall into the wrong hands, he told the UK’s Guardian newspaper.

Quarrelling neighbours, he suggested, might end up buzzing each other with private surveillance drones. He also warned of the risk of terrorists using the new technology. Mr Schmidt is believed to have close relations with US President Barack Obama, whom he advises on matters of science and technology.

“You’re having a dispute with your neighbour,” he told The Guardian in an interview printed on Saturday.

“How would you feel if your neighbour went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their backyard. It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it?”

http://www.suasnews.com/2013/04/22242/google-chief-urges-action-to-...

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Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on April 13, 2013 at 8:22am

Plain lobbying for monopoly on aerial data acquisition.


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 13, 2013 at 9:13am

Looks like it doesn't it. I guess the emerging business has got trouble if Google wants in. Several of the military vendors are having issues with sales. I think the pressure will really be placed on the FAA now. 

Comment by Joshua Ott on April 13, 2013 at 9:19am
“How would you feel if your neighbour went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their backyard. It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it?”

Wow, where can I get one? All day endurance, that would be awesome.
Of course, my neighbor would just call the police and stop my activities using existing harassment laws.

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Comment by Dean Wynton on April 13, 2013 at 9:28am
I can't go on the Internet without a Google ad coming up with something I thought of whilst taking my morning dump... Google must be the biggest culprit of privacy invasion that ever existed? Right it needs regulations, but not for privacy, for people flying them irresponsibly without experience.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 13, 2013 at 9:42am

@Joshua that really is the point there are existing laws. This privacy thing is just giving the FAA an excuse to dither.

Comment by Scott Berfield on April 13, 2013 at 9:52am
This is pretty funny coming from Google.
Comment by Gary McCray on April 13, 2013 at 10:35am

In American business Hypocrisy and Disingenuous actions rein supreme already, but this sets a new standard. 


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Comment by John Arne Birkeland on April 13, 2013 at 10:38am

Hehe.. Just business as usual, trying to protect their huge investment in satellite and street view maps. Nothing to see here..

Comment by Joshua Ott on April 13, 2013 at 10:41am

This was a story from a few weeks back: Creepy dude harasses his neighbors by aiming cameras at their house from his own house. The existing laws were able to handle a situation like this.

 

Comment by Muhammad Al-Rawi on April 13, 2013 at 10:50am

That's probably the least convincing argument I've ever heard. 

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