The Times — “Drones are an extreme, militaristic form of surveillance”

Big Brother Watch Team / April 15, 2020

The Civil Aviation Authority has relaxed air safety regulations to allow wider use of police drones…

Drones are an extreme, militaristic form of surveillance.

They should not be relied on in place of more measured public health communications.

Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch said:

“Drones are an extreme, militaristic form of surveillance. We’ve seen too many examples of police using them aggressively in place of measured public health communications.

“Police using drones to surveil and bark orders at members of the public is usually excessive and counterproductive. Parliament should introduce stronger safeguards to circumscribe their use.”

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