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 August 1, 2014  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Vivian Ho reports:

The San Jose Police Department has become the first Bay Area law enforcement agency to acquire a drone, department officials confirmed Wednesday, but guidelines for its use have not been developed.

Department officials got the unmanned aircraft in January for just under $7,000 in federal grant money for the purpose of aiding the department bomb squad in assessing threats, police spokesman Officer Albert Morales told The Chronicle on Wednesday.
Read more of this McClatchy News report on Digital Communities.
Deploying devices or technologies before developing and implementing policies with safeguards creates significant potential for abuse, as civil liberties groups have repeatedly pointed out.
Thanks to Joe Cadillic for this link.

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