Is Society Ready For A Drone State? Essay

983 Words Feb 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Is society ready for a Drone state? Perhaps, to the parochialism, the fun, ease, and cost- effectiveness of Drones are the answers to resolving technical issues. However, whether society is ready or not, the aerial revolution is here and adaptive change is necessary. The fast-growing Drone industry is expected to grow at an annual compound growth rate of 19 percent in the next five years (Business Insider, 2015). Similarly, Elizabeth Palermo (2014), Staff writer for Livescience, projects the drone industry to be an 11-billion-dollar industry by 2024. What this translate to is that the rate of Drone acceleration is surpassing legislative ability to regulate it; and the collusion of law enforcement with Drone industry without proper regulations and guidance will result in past failure, a society under constant government surveillance. The challenge is two-fold; commercial/civilian regulations for Drones and law enforcement use. The gravamen is on law enforcement use of Drones and whether the use infringes on privacy rights guaranteed under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Drones present an adaptive challenge, which cannot be solved by technical fixes. Therefore, law enforcement must obtain a search warrant before deploying Drones for surveillance; by having a search warrant, law enforcement will comply with caselaw precedent, avoid privacy rights violation, and build legitimacy in the community. The use of Drones as a supplemental tool in the fight…

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