The Surveillance Camera Commission Was Developed to Protect Privacy. Now it May Help Ease Fears Over Drones

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The U.K.’s Surveillance Camera Commission was created to ensure that the public’s privacy was protected as CCTV cameras proliferated for security purposes.  The Commission encourages compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice, and to provide input on “the effective, appropriate, proportionate and transparent use of surveillance camera systems.”
Now, the Commissioner has awarded Crowded Space Drones the “first ever private sector certificate of compliance of surveillance camera systems and the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 for the use of UAS (drone) in surveillance.”
It’s a great step for Crowded Space Drones, a drone services company who has provided coverage for high profile event sites and more. It’s also a great step for the private sector drone industry.

Surveillance Drones: Privacy Issues
The subject of surveillance drones always brings up privacy issues.  In fact, privacy issues are at the forefront of many public concerns about drones – concerns that could limit the growth of the commercial industry.  Certification from the Surveillance Camera Commission could ease those fears by establishing standards of operation designed to protect privacy rights.
The certification is generally only granted to public sector organizations.  Granting the certificate to Crowded Space Drones, “represents a big …

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