No Drones Over My Back Yard, Google's Schmidt Warns

Eric Schmidt is at it again:

... In comments made to the Guardian, Schmidt called for international regulation of civilian drone technology and, going a step further, for an outright ban of inexpensive “everyman” minidrones. Schmidt’s comments are the most forceful yet by a technology executive on the need to protect individuals’ privacy from a promising high-tech growth sector....

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Comment by Martin on April 16, 2013 at 5:13am

@Schmidt: People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Comment by Euan Ramsay on April 16, 2013 at 6:17am

Spot on Martin.

This - coming from a senior rep at Google, a company to started modern trends of gouging your privacy to new levels for their own profit - is a bit cheeky.

Comment by Euan Ramsay on April 16, 2013 at 6:17am


Comment by Stefan Gofferje on April 16, 2013 at 6:44am

He is just scared of crowdpowered competition to gmaps/gearth... Sour loser!

Comment by The Sun on April 16, 2013 at 7:48am
A Google executive warning against the invasion of privacy?

I have always like Google as a company, but this level of hipocracy is absured.

To suggest that a drone flying through a neighborhood would violate privacy on the scale of a multinational coorporation that has stored every website you have visited from searches, logged you search history, inventoried you emails, bubbled your activity, and then sold them openly and shamelessly to advertising corporations is not only morally wrong, but it is also objectively offensive and insulting.
Comment by Maxime Carrier on April 16, 2013 at 9:24am

Bannishment mentality is becoming strong in North America, sUAV will not escape from that.

Comment by John on April 16, 2013 at 10:53am
But he can send a car all over with 20 cameras on it taking pictures to put into google street view. And then have detailed aerial imagery of anywhere in the us, including peoples private property, in his google maps satellite view. What a hypocrite.
Comment by John on April 16, 2013 at 11:00am

From Google Earth view...

Comment by Göran Sandström on April 16, 2013 at 11:07am

We need to fill EVERY news article where Google or others are trying to ban drones with comments that shed light on their REAL agenda: Banning and regulating them to prevent open and crowd-sourced mapping alternatives! Get posting, it is important that people reading the comments sections on these things, reddit, etc get the real picture. I'm certain that we can sway opinion but to do so WE NEED to act by supporting eachother and we have to be careful NOT to bash people who say things like "I will shoot them down", agree with them instead, tell them, "if drones are invading your privacy you should BUT: they want to take away YOUR RIGHT to own a drone for yourself just like they want to take away your right to own weapons! This isn't about protecting privacy it's about taking away YOUR RIGHTS!"

It's super important to shift the focus onto this, our rights and to make EVERYONE aware that these drones make a TON of noise and can only fly for very short periods.

Comment by Hugues on April 16, 2013 at 11:55am

What an hypocrite ! I can't believe the gust ha have being the first to violate any privacy rules with his google databanks...(and providing info to the US government). What a stupid idiot.


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