Author: Mohammad I. Aslam

Domestic Drones: Plugging the Last Remaining Loophole In a World of Mass Surveillance

The contemporary proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) by the US and UK law enforcement agencies has been an inevitable reality for quite some time. After all, postulations regarding the increasingly powerful potential of these new darlings of law enforcement in the prevention of imminent danger to life, serious damage to property and the surveillance or capture of dangerous criminals and terrorists have been circulating for nearly two decades. Yet along with the significant avenues that drone advancement could no doubt offer as a conduit for a more safe and secure society is the ubiquitous potential for surreptitiously, and overzealously, gathering a collage of unprecedented ‘audio’ surveillance in the private day-to-day lives of innocent people. That is to say that what these flying gadgets could do, once inevitably fitted with miniature forms of audio-amplifying parabolic or laser beam microphones and controlled by spy agencies or other law-enforcement officials under the guise of shielding society from brewing dangers, will alarmingly change the character of both public and private life like never before. Background: Total Information A combination of research findings, whistle-blowers and diligent investigate journalism over the last decade has highlighted the extent to which it’s become considerably difficult for the common man to imagine even a concept of ‘privacy’ in everyday life. The Internet, the predominant medium the world-at-large uses for both personal and business-related transactions, has now in the...

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