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Google’s Eric Schmidt Wants Regulations for Civilian Drone Technology

Google’s Eric Schmidt Wants Regulations for Civilian Drone Technology

We don’t talk much about drones around here, but it’s certainly worth mentioning when Google chairman Eric Schmidt takes on the topic. In an interview with the Guardian (which was picked up by the BBC), Schmidt spoke about the need for regulation regarding civilian drone technology.

"How would you feel if your neighbor went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their backyard,” he told the paper. “It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it?"

He has a point about the cloying and rather disturbing invasion of privacy that inexpensive drones can bring. However, he appears to be more concerned about terrorist attacks and other targeted, impersonal violence than simply nosy neighbors. While acknowledging that military uses are a separate issue, he said, “I would prefer to not spread and democratize the ability to fight war to every single human being.”

India drone
Indian law enforcement tracks poachers with drones (Image credit: AP)

There are surely legitimate uses for civilian drone technology--the BBC points to Indian law enforcement using drones to surveil poachers in the state of Assam--but Schmidt is advocating regulations that prevent drone use from becoming too easy, too common, and too dangerous for the general public.
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There really should be some sort of regulation on these drones. I can just imagine criminals using them to scope out a new target.

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So I guess, Eric Schmidt of Google, we should just regulate all new technology, maybe like your your Google Glasses? What if a Google Glasses wearer walks by and looks down my girlfriends cleavage, isn't that invasion of privacy? I know it will get your *** kicked...LOL!

This guy is a loon! Next he'll want to regulate how much soda we can drink...kinda like mayor Bloomberg and the rest of the nanny politicians!

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I can't think of any legitimate reason for American law enforcement, at any level, to have "civilian" drones deployed and used against its citizenry. A drone is used for spying, plain and simple, and trying to find a reason to use them is a very slippery slope. I know this is not a political forum, so i will not go on and on.

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