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 January 1, 2014  Posted by  Business, Surveillance, U.S.

Maxwell Abbot writes:

…. In an online announcement, Amazon released some details of its “Prime Air” program which will use small drones to deliver packages within 30 minutes of an order.  Bezos stated in an interview with 60 Minutes that Amazon was now focusing on getting approval for the project from the Federal Aviation Administration.  He hopes to have approval from the FAA “as early as sometime in 2015.”

Is it too soon to worry about privacy? Abbott doesn’t think it is, noting:

Amazon’s fleet of delivery drones may not be a reality for years to come. But if they are inevitable, as argued by the Washington Post’s Dominic Basulto, it is not too early to enact privacy protections. This is especially true when the major force driving the technology is a company with a history of hostility towards consumer privacy such as Amazon.

Read more on the Center for Media and Democracy’s PRWatch.

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