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Will drones fly the county skies?

Original post made on Sep 24, 2013

There may be a time when a small airborne mechanical drone operated by a law enforcement agency flies above the heads of San Mateo County residents, but that time is not now and not in the near future, officials say.

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Posted by Montie Bell
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Where do we draw the line on drones looking in our back yards? In our windows? Using wall piercing radar, available down the road? How long will data be kept?

Where is the line?

What is privacy as defined by the Constitution?

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Sep 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm

"If someone is stuck on a cliff, a drone can hover and provide a close-up view of the situation. If there's fog, a drone can hover below it and would not interfere in a complicated airspace. A drone is also significantly less expensive than a helicopter to buy and operate -- important considerations for cash-strapped agencies, Mr. Sena said."

Drones can be used to find LE officials at brothels, too. Oh, wait, that happened without a drone.