Category Archives: Privacy/Surveillance


A Lee County father says he caught a neighbor using a drone to spy on his young children. Even more troubling, the same neighbor was arrested last month for trying to lure a child into his car.

Jonathan Smiley said he first noticed a drone flying over his home in the Whiskey Creek neighborhood last week. “I heard the hum of it, basically. And looked up, and sure enough there it was.”

Smiley never thought much of it until he spotted another drone over his home Monday while his young kids were playing outside by the pool. “Definitely concerned. It was definitely an invasion of our privacy.”

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Judge Tells FAA Rep: “You’re Just Making Stuff Up.”

Oral arguments in the case of Taylor vs. Huerta, a case that challenges the legality of the FAA’s drone registration program, began last week – and the FAA did not appear to emerge with victory at hand.

The case challenges the legality of the FAA’s drone registration program, instituted just before the holidays in 2015.  The drone registration program – Part 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) – requires all drone operators including recreational drone operators to register as pilots, paying a $5 fee and providing their contact information.

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How to combat an irrational fear of drones

As you can plainly tell from the included report, if a person’s entire body is not at least 1/3 of the frame height in an image, it becomes exceedingly difficult for them to be positively identified. This means one has to be, at a rough maximum distance, 30 feet from their target to identify him or her.

Even at 30 feet, a drone is not practical for spying. It’s noisy and obvious. Compare it to the iPhone 7 Plus, which has a 2x optical zoom and consider that someone standing 60 feet from you can aim their phone’s camera at you, take a picture and you will likely not even notice.

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Pros and Cons of Drones, and How They Affect Our Lives

The future looks set to involve a lot of drones to help us with the more complicated or inconvenient parts of society. Indeed, we have seen in the news recently about Amazon and Domino’s Pizza trialling deliveries using drones for the first time. This has set a precedent that could come into effect sooner than we might think. In five or ten years time, drones could well become commonplace, and an important part of our society.

So, it’s important to take a look at the pros and cons of drones, and what they might offer us. There are so many things we need to keep an eye on and consider when implementing drone technology. With the likes of the DJI Phantom 2 for sale it may not be long before everyone can afford their own drone. So, let’s consider some of the principal advantages and disadvantages of using drones.

Peeping Tom’s drone in custody. He will be in custody soon.

peepingOrem police are hoping the man who is missing a drone — one found hovering outside a private bathroom window and shooting video of bathroom activities — will give them a call.

According to Orem Police Lt. Craig Martinez, a local man was getting ready for work Saturday morning and heard what sounded like a drone outside. He looked out his bathroom window, saw the drone and watched it land in a church parking lot.

The man picked up the drone and delivered it to police after his work shift.  Now the cops have a Facebook page dedicated to the pervert and his activities.  AND the SD card has a photo of the pervert…

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Hotels recruit falcons to take out paparazzi’s pesky drones

falconFalcons are the latest weapon in the war on drones.

Some of the most luxurious hotels in the world are recruiting the birds of prey to take out drones flown by paparazzi to photograph celebrity clientele.

The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in France just over a week ago recruited 13 falcons and handlers to patrol for drones during the wedding of Alberto “ Tico ” Mugrabi and Colby Jordan. The birds were there to protect the privacy of the couple, as well as famous guests like Owen Wilson, Karlie Kloss and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

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