Drones have great potential, and some of their promise is already being realised. But APF is seriously concerned that the enthusiasm for surveillance drones will cause serious harm in a wide variety of ways.
Each organisation that develops, promotes and applies drones must recognise their ethical obligations and the scope for harm both to people, and to the organisation's ROI. In concrete terms, that requires early engagement with relevant civil society organisations, and a privacy impact assessment (PIA) process for each particular application.
APF looks forward to engagement with relevant organisations, both generally, and in the context of a similar event that it is understood will be run in Australia in November 2013.
Roger Clarke, Chair, Australian Privacy Foundation