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How To Deal With Peeping Drones

Peeping drones? How technology is outpacing privacy lawsFox 25 Boston

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.

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.

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One thought on “How To Deal With Peeping Drones

  1. Stephen Mann

    “Everyone here is trying to figure out this area of law,” said Somerville-based property litigation attorney, Adam Sherwin.

    Have the laws making invasion of privacy a violation been repealed? Is it not already illegal to put a camera on a pole to peek into a neighbor’s window? Is it not already illegal to tie a camera to a helium balloon to take photos at a neighbor’s private pool? What is so special about the drone aircraft that makes a new law necessary. And, have you heard these things? They make a noise like a convention of bumblebees. There’s no way that they can be used stealthily.

    If the police have probable cause to think that a person’s privacy has been violated, they already have a process to gain access to flight logs and images from the camera regardless where the camera is attached? Either a drone, kite, balloon or a long pole?

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