Drones in Utah: Invasion of privacy or protection against crime?


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  • stuff Provo, UT
    April 28, 2013 3:43 p.m.

    I'm used to Heavenly Father watching me all the time so I try not to do anything embarrassing, illegal or otherwise. I could really care less if a drone is videoing me. It should be harmless for me.

  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    April 28, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    It's not invasion of privacy if you're in public. And FPV (first person view) remote control models are really nothing like an armed military drone.

    Putting a camera on an RC model doesn't make it dangerous.

  • AConcernedCitizen Highland, UT
    April 28, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    This is in response to the article's headline: Yes, invasion of privacy. Period.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    April 28, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    I agree that drones are against the constitution but what about the patriot act? We have already given up our rights.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    April 27, 2013 2:49 p.m.

    @ George

    I am. You are shouting back.

    Shouting on the corner only gets widespread notice if you get media coverage. Which is spotty at best on this issue. There have been some pretty serious protests, but have you heard of them?... My point exactly. However, social media (like message boards and twitter etc) is somewhat of a modern day equivalent to shouting on the street corner. Keep shouting. Or at least reasonably making your points and listening to others.

  • George New York, NY
    April 27, 2013 12:44 p.m.

    Why are you not. Standing on the street corner shouting about this? Once again you failed to acknowledge the ACLU's opposition does not make t go away.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    April 27, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    If they fly them per aviation standards (eg. more than 500 ft up), there's nothing you can do as that's where your airspace rights end. Fly them in a way that they peek into where you have a reasonable expectation of privacy, you have a legal case of trespass or civil violation of privacy/harassment.

  • Paul H West Valley, UT
    April 27, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    It will be interesting when people begin to assert the rights to the air space over their homes and shoot these drones out of the sky.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    April 27, 2013 7:47 a.m.

    @Obama and Tolstoy

    Right on both of you. So why aren't we hearing the cries? We would have with Bush in office. Now we barely hear it. It certainly seems to have something to do with whose in charge. Why aren't the ACLU making a huge deal about this? Are they and the media bias is just not pushing it out like it's a big deal? Very interesting... I've always found it interesting that many many major reforms get done by the "other" party.

    Massive gov't spending under Eisenhower
    Immigration reform under Reagan.
    Welform Reform under Clinton.
    Child Tax Credit (a Republican form of welfare) under Bush.
    Bailouts under Bush.
    Now under Obama we've got drones, Keystone pipelines, and budget cuts to Welfare, SSI.


  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 27, 2013 7:40 a.m.

    These things are in a lot of stores these days, and they're pretty cheap. So far I haven't see a lot of people using them, but I suspect it will happen. Given their potential for privacy invasion, and to be a general annoyance, I wonder if a new sport will emerge: Drone huntin'. A little surface to air buckshot.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    April 27, 2013 7:12 a.m.

    Amendment 4 of the Constitution protects us against the use of drones except when they have been authorized by a warrant signed by a judge to allow a specific area to be watched.

    Amendment 4: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

    We must guard our rights. None of us is in favor of letting criminal activity take place, but our freedom is more sacred than the right of a police state to "watch over us".

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    April 26, 2013 9:13 p.m.

    Use sorry

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    April 26, 2013 9:10 p.m.

    You may want to check your bias before you post the ACLU actually strongly apposes the us of dorns a quick check of their website would have helped but then again why let the facts get in the way of a good rant.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    April 26, 2013 4:17 p.m.

    Imagine if Bush was still in office the howls and cries from the ACLU and "Privacy" advocates. But since we have a leftist-liberal as President, we aren't worried about civil rights until a Republican wins the White House. Orwell was right.