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New NYPD Drone Policy Represents a Serious Threat to Privacy


New NYPD Drone Policy Represents a Serious Threat to Privacy

Michael Sisitzky, Simon McCormack

The New York Police Department announced this week that it will deploy 14 new drones as part of its policing activities across New York City. The use of this highly invasive technology represents a new frontier for both public safety and abuses of power.


Amendment IV [noun] archaic

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


I wonder if the NYPD would agree to have a camera and microphone on each and every single cop, regardless of their assignment.

Those with the power to take life, must be monitored for their compliance.

At all times.


We had might as well regard these as in place and under conditions of active abuse–not that we should not fight against their supposed legitimacy, but that we should know something about the conditions under which the fight takes place.

Abuse of police powers is detained, to the extent that it is, by the police judgment of whom they should abuse and by fear of legal consequences. The risk involved in police drones is that there is almost no risk of legal consequences to individual officers and therefore relatively little to departments themselves.

Drones are cheap compared to human personnel. And surveillance is usually done by stealth, so departments have considerable reasons to not inform the public of use.


Without the ability to turn them off.


Recreational drones can not fly over private property, nor can they fly close to human beings.
It’s $50 for a recreational drone with a camera and there are rules for recreational use. Does anyone know if police drones can fly over any and all private property or can they because their helicopters already do? Does this mean that protestors can have drones that fly over public property? Would roads and streets be considered public property or city property because the taxpayers paid for them.
If this is the case that the police drones can go over and into the nooks and crannies of any private property, then I suppose that someone will make these drones into tiny secret sized drones . Maybe if would be better for protestors to wear tiny cameras in hats or jewelry or on rings. After seeing that police person, during Occupy, kettle a bunch of women who were not doing anything and then mace them-who trusts the NYPD, although the police horses are lovely : )


If the NYPD think they are protecting the public, why not ASK the public? Too much democracy?