Rob Taylor reports:
They have delivered spectacular new aerial perspectives of everything from whales at sea to the interior of exploding fireworks and, more controversially, the conduct of celebrity weddings.
But as the use of unmanned aerial vehicles accelerates and moves from battlefields to overflights of suburban backyards and street surveillance, Australia’s parliament has become the latest to push for new legislation to protect against privacy invasions by drones, adding to similar concerns raised by civil-liberties groups and privacy regulators in the United States and elsewhere.
After months of deliberations, a committee of Australian lawmakers released a report on Monday calling for new laws to protect Australians from “malicious drone use” as the use of camera-carrying UAVs becomes increasingly common, as well as safety concerns about reliability of the fast-advancing technology.
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