Surveillance Drone Use Making Lawmakers Nervous About Privacy Issues; Privacy4Patriots Applauds Them for Intervening

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Lawmakers continue to try to persuade the FBI to explain how it will protect privacy rights as domestic surveillance drone use goes forward. Privacy4Patriots commends lawmakers for their efforts and encourages Americans to let their representatives know how they feel about this issue.

(Privacy4Patriots) supports the 30-plus states that have introduced drone-related legislation, and it encourages citizens to let their lawmakers know how they feel about this issue.

According to Fox News and other media outlets, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers are applying pressure to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to explain the purposes of its domestic drones fleet and what limitations are being placed upon it.

The main concern among lawmakers is the issue of privacy. These lawmakers are criticizing the bureau in letters and statements regarding the deployment of surveillance drones without clear guidance on how to protect privacy rights. Some lawmakers believe they need to act sooner rather than later on this issue because Congress recently passed the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act, which would enable thousands of unmanned drones to appear in American skies by 2015.

Privacy4Patriots, the publisher of an upcoming report on how to protect one’s privacy during an age of unprecedented technological advancements, supports the use of unmanned aircraft to hunt for terrorists in Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere, and to help find missing persons, assist firefighters and address other emergencies in the U.S.

But the company believes that drone technology should be limited to keeping U.S. citizens safe, not to spy on, scare or entrap people. The company supports the 30-plus states that have introduced drone-related legislation, and it encourages citizens to let their lawmakers know how they feel about this issue.

The company also concurs with U.S. Representative Austin Scott, a Georgia Republican, who was quoted in the June 16, 2012, edition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution as saying, “We’re not opposed to the use of drones. But their use has to be consistent with the established rules with regard to search and seizure. The same thing that you would have to obtain to use a wiretap, you would have to have for the use of a drone. This has the potential to be a huge invasion.”

Check out this Privacy4Patriots blog to learn more about how domestic drones are being used to spy on U.S. citizens.

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