Consumers can now buy a spy drone for under $1,000. The Parrot AR Done 2.0 brings low-budget spying equipment to the masses. It is less than $300 and is equipped with some of the latest and greatest technology that makes it easier than ever to spy on your neighbors or a lover or an ex. Operators sometimes equip their drones with radios to transmit a live video feed to goggles or monitors, allowing a person to fly a drone beyond his or her field of sight. Under existing FAA rules, amateur hobbyists can use drones like radio-controlled planes.
Physically walking onto someone’s land is trespassing but observing private property via air is not. So, if you fly over and around someone’s yard with a drone and peer in their bedroom window, it may be legal. The Supreme Court ruled in 1946 that “the air is a public highway.”
Prisons have been warned that consumer drones flown by organised gangs are being used to deliver banned items such as drugs, mobile phones and potentially "firearms" to inmates by flying them over perimeter walls. The warning comes days after the UK handed down its first conviction for illegal drone flying.
If cameras can be attached to drones, why not weapons? Who's to stop amateur techies from attaching an automatic shooting device or a launchable detonating device and discharging it by remore control into Buckingham Palace or the NYSE for example?
If military drones can be equipped with weaponry to "remotely" kill families in foreign countries, why can't consumer drones be equipped with weaponry to remotely murder people in domestic places?
If you saw a consumer drone hovering outside your bedroom window, would you consider shooting it down? Will the next generation of consumer drone technology be drones that shoot down peeping-stalking-voyeur drones?