When aircrafts hurt privacy

by filip_bec on November 14, 2013 - 12:08am

In our everyday life, almost everything can be seen as an attack to our privacy, such as Facebook and cellphones. On top of that, we will also need to worry what’s above us. Brace yourselves; unmanned spying drones are coming in Canada.

Unmanned drones, aka UAV’s, are gaining their popularity in the security department in Canada. They can collect data with their cameras, and this is the main issue. This is something new in our society, and our laws on human rights are not designed for this kind of technology. Governments and privacy commissioners will need to work together to protect civil liberties. The drones will have a great use for police and mundane chores, but the other side of the medal shows a potential for intrusive and massive surveillance. The federal government lacks in a clear policy, because the data collected by the drones can be used in every way. A study suggests that the information gathered should be sorted, and people with their privacy violated should learn it.

It has been 13 years since unmanned drones are rapidly increasing in military and civilian use. Why? Because the computing and communications technologies are drastically increasing as well. This is why drones are so little. They can fit small chips which gives the drone the ability of self-navigating and image processing. Fit in there a high-bandwidth communications link and you have a live view of the camera. The major pro of the UAV is the price and the reliability. For what it can do, it costs almost nothing. Knowledge is priceless. But technology doesn’t stop here. There is a GPS in the drone, which gives it the ability to precisely locating itself and others, giving it the opportunity for much more complex tasks. The beauty in these toys is that they can have any shape. Military will use large and fast drones like business jets. The civilian purpose drones can fit in a backpack. UAV’s are becoming popular and useful, and the Teal Group (an aerospace and defense consultancy) predicts $90 billion spending rise in the next decade.

The relation between the news article and the peer-reviewed one is clear and truthful; the popularity of the drone and its low cost makes it a must have product, but there is no laws about it. Like all new technology, we need to adapt ourselves. The drones will affect negatively our privacy, and for the moment, it stays like this. We cannot ban drones from Canada, because their ability of doing tasks such as data gathering, tracking and spying is too important in the society. The other available solution is to make laws. It will not be done in a matter of days, but the government and commissioners are working on in, which is clearly a good sign. Privacy will be respected, and each time something will harm it, there will be always a way to defend it.


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MLA- Reference

Bronskill, Jim. "Study warns that unmmaned drones over Canada could be intrusive". Canadian Press, 12 November 2013. Web. 13 November 2013.

- This article of Jim Bronskill from the Canadian Press is reliable because his facts and information are given by Jennifer Stoddart, federal privacy commissioner.

Villasenor, John. "Observations from above: unmanned aircrafts systems and privacy." Harvard Journal of Law & Public Privacy 36.2(2013): 457-517, Academic Search Premier. Web. 13 November 2013

- This article by John Villasenor from the library database is reliable because he is the Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council of the Intellectual Property System.