As this article (Drones With an Eye on the Public Cleared to Fly – NYTimes.com) as well as any number of stories have illustrated, drones are here and they are here to stay, at least for a little while.
If you live in a rural setting or a suburban setting, this changes alot. Now you can build fences or surround yourself with land in order to maintain privacy and keep people away. With drones you will no longer be able to do this, short of building a massive tent over you. Regardless of how high they are, they will be able to video you with a high degree of accuracy, and for the short term, you won’t be able to do anything about it. Eventually drone users will abuse them and they will be dragged to court and boundaries will be set down, but this will take time.
Ironically, it will be better if you live in the city. It will be harder for drones to navigate in the city, and buildings will block them from flying and photographing. As well, if you live in the city and around tall buildings, you have more of an awareness that people can spy on you and govern yourself accordingly. I expect city dwellers to suffer less from intrusive drones.
We live in interesting times, and all new technology changes the way we live in some way. Drones will do that in a significant way.
Thanks to Doug Saunders for highlighting this article (@dougsaunders on Twitter).