Google's Schmidt says civilian drones pose privacy threat

In an interview with the Guardian, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says drones could threaten civil liberties and should be regulated.

Google's Eric Schmidt. James Martin
Google's executive chairman is no stranger to privacy concerns. But here he is speaking out against the use of drones by us regular Joes, saying they could infringe on our privacy and that we should regulate them.

In a subscriber-only interview with the Guardian, quoted by the BBC, Schmidt posed the scenario: "You're having a dispute with your neighbor. How would you feel if your neighbor went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their backyard? It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it?"

Drones are mostly used in warfare at the moment, but consumer models such as the Parrot AR.Drone could pose a threat to civil liberties, Schmidt reckons.

Read more of " Google's Eric Schmidt calls for civilian drones to be regulated " at Crave UK.

About the author

    Joe Svetlik is a reporter with CNET UK.

     

    Join the discussion

    Conversation powered by Livefyre

    Show Comments Hide Comments
    Latest Galleries from CNET
    ZTE's wallet-friendly Grand X (pictures)
    Lenovo reprises clever design for the Yoga Tablet 2 (Pictures)
    Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)
    Best iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases
    Make your own 'Star Wars' snowflakes (pictures)
    Bento boxes and gear for hungry geeks (pictures)