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Rise of drones in UK airspace prompts civil liberties warning

Publisher: 
The Observer
Publication date: 
10-Oct-2012
Author(s): 
Jamie Doward
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But campaigners warned that the new generation of drones could have profound consequences for civil liberties. "With the use of drones in European airspace spiralling, we urgently need greater clarity and transparency about when and how these tools are deployed," said Eric King of Privacy International.

"Not too long ago, this was the stuff of science fiction, but flying robotic devices equipped with facial recognition technology and mobile phone interception kit are increasingly commonplace.

"However, the secretive way in which surveillance drones have been put into operation, and the failure of the police to recognise and address the human rights issues involved, has created a huge potential for abuse."