Authorities in Melbourne, Australia have begun implementing high tech surveillance drones as a means to enforce the Coronavirus lockdown. This move has raised many concerns as citizens express privacy concerns over the technology being used in this way. Local officials claim that these drones will be used to keep playgrounds and skate parks closed for the lockdown as well as track cars that have gone too far from their homes. More from Summit:
“High powered drones will be used to find people not wearing masks and cars too far from home,” according to a 7News Melbourne news report.
The drones will also be used to ensure skate parks and playgrounds remain empty.
The surveillance devices can be flown up to a distance of 7km and produce images so clear they can “read a vehicle’s number plate from 500 meters away.”
Privacy advocates are concerned that there is no sunset clause on the use of such technology and the drones could continue to be used to spy on citizens after the pandemic ends.
7News Melbourne spoke to two residents who said they weren’t worried because they were behaving and had “nothing to hide.”
The technology coming into existence these days is incredible but there is always room for abuse when it comes to how individuals, governments, or organizations will use it. Are you concerned about drone technology being used in this way?