The United States plans to send more surveillance drones across American skies, raising concern with regards to civil liberties, Press TV reports.
“One issue is surveillance and whether law enforcement can use drones for surveillance,” said US Congressman Ted Poe, going on to express concern for constitutional issues including “the Fourth Amendment, the use of a warrant, the right of privacy and the expectation of privacy…and property rights.”
Experts say that up to 30,000 drones are expected to fill the skies within the next decade, with major advances and technical sophistications expected for use in non-weaponized surveillance drones.
“A lot of technology can be placed on these drones whether they be infrared cameras, facial recognition technology; and they can fly for an extremely long time, up sometimes for days at a time. They’re able to track particular people using facial recognition technology, potentially,” said Jeremy Scott with Electronic Privacy Information Center.
Congress has recently called for greater legislation against the abuse of drones, which may be used by governmental, private companies and criminals to encroach on an individual’s civil rights.
“Congress should, I think, take the lead on making sure that law enforcement and private entities know what the law and the limits are, and the constitutional standards for the use of drones, rather than do nothing and let the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) make that determination. This is Congress’ responsibility,” Poe concluded.
Critics have been outspoken against the use of drones particularly in notorious overseas operations during America’s so-called war on terror.