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CTC-301: Ethics of Drone Surveillance Questioned in Senate Hearing

The U.S. Senate has recently learned that there are few guidelines or regulations pertaining to the ethical use of drone aircraft technology.  The argument is that while drone technology can be very helpful in law enforcement, they also can be considered an infringement on personal privacy.  The New York Times has stated that, “The drones, or unmanned aerial systems, have already helped the police find missing people and county planners measure the growth of a landfill. But they could also be used by drug dealers, pedophiles and nosy neighbors.”  So the question is, does being able to catch a criminal or finding a lost person quite easily eliminate the need to protect people’s privacy, or can we find some way to keep these drones out of the hands of people that may use them for shady purposes?  

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