Creston wrote on Feb 15, 2013, 11:14: These aren't military drones controlled from 3000 miles away that can fly for 500 miles. These are tiny little things with a super-small control radius that can fly for a short period of time before recharging. They're really not much better than the kind of RC helicopter you can buy at Amazon.
The trouble is that the law doesn't keep up very well with changes in technology, it's been a problem for a long time. The tech is already making large leaps each successive generation. So in 5 years you might have powerful IR mapping drones with multiple high res cameras that stay up longer and have better software for automation. Where is the law on restrictions at that point though? It's probably back with several previous gen drone techs. And again you run into the give an inch, take a mile issues with the government in general.
I don't think anyone here really thinks Uncle Sam is going to use a drone to watch them changing at night or something, it's the larger implications that matter.