It has been reported that law enforcement units have used drones to catch perps, and it has come to attention that local councils are now using drones to have a look at people’s properties, take photos, and issue fines. Three of the (for me anecdotal since I am not privy first hand) stories are (yes, they were breaking various laws and restrictions, but):
A drone photo showed a family had a kiddie inflatable pool. The council gave them 1 day to drain it since it did not have a fence and gate.
A drone photo showed a family made an apparently illegal (unapproved) dam on their rural property and were given a $30,000 fine and ordered to remove it.
A drone photo showed a family had blackberries growing on their property. Apparently they are noxious weeds and the council gave 1 week to eradicate them or be fined.
Since the drones are obviously being flown by local government over and perhaps into people’s private property, no telling what photos they might be taking or whether there is any care about privacy laws. Then private enterprise and amateur flyers? Drones are relatively new and largely uncharted legal territory, and as with anything new they have promise but also frighting aspects from invasion of privacy to noise noting some are quite loud.
Big brother is increasingly upon us. And lets have none of that ‘nooky nooky’ in the back garden either! This is making google earth and street view looking more innocuous every day.