Saturday, February 18, 2012

Oh, I feel better already

From a Times article about the proliferation of aerial drones comes the least reassuring defense of police surveillance ever:
Drone proponents say the privacy concerns are overblown. Randy McDaniel, chief deputy of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department in Conroe, Tex., near Houston, whose agency bought a drone to use for various law enforcement operations, dismissed worries about surveillance, saying everyone everywhere can be photographed with cellphone cameras anyway. “We don’t spy on people,” he said. “We worry about criminal elements.”
Whew! Previously, I thought the idea of robotic eyes in the sky, secretly photographing my every move, was just a little bit creepy. But since you're only targeting criminal elements, I guess it's okay. Also, cell phone cameras are a thing.

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