Peeping drones? How technology is outpacing privacy laws
Fox 25 Boston reports that Sandwich mother Holly Peterson was in her backyard with her kids when she heard the humming.
“I was standing right over here, filling up my watering can. It started getting louder and louder, almost like a giant mosquito,” she said.
Then she saw it.
“Finally, I looked up and saw this drone coming towards me, over my neighbors’ backyard,” Peterson told Boston 25 News Anchor Kerry Kavanaugh. “It was just hovering there. It looked like it was facing me and looking at me. That was creepy and weird.”
After Peterson and her husband motioned toward the drone, they say it flew off.
“We have no idea who it could be or why,” Peterson said.
Nor did they know what to do or who to call.
#Drones: exploring or spying? Local homeowners say drones are hovering over their backyards and outside their windows. After hearing their concerns, we started looking at the issue. We found, in this arena, technology has outpaced the law. My story @boston25 at 10. pic.twitter.com/IkH4RQg5Ew
— Kerry Kavanaugh (@KerryKavanaugh) May 16, 2018
In April, a Marblehead homeowner called police after a drone flew up to her window. According to the police call for service, when she asked about the law regarding drones, the officer told her ‘there aren’t any’.
“Everyone here is trying to figure out this area of law,” said Somerville-based property litigation attorney, Adam Sherwin.
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Sherwin is also a drone enthusiast and said it’s reasonable for people to have privacy concerns with this new technology.
“I don’t think it’s different than any other new technology,” Sherwin said. “Many of us aren’t intending to use these in a bad way and there has to be a clear line; what counts as interference and what counts as just using a drone?” Continue reading about drone privacy.