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Comment: Doesn't intent matter? (Score 1) 200

by golgotha007 (#47709521) Attached to: Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

Shouldn't the right and wrong with regard to viewing people in their private yards be all about intent? For example, if someone puts a stepladder against my fence for the purposes of observing myself in my backyard, then that person has the express intention of viewing me in a "private" area. This is what the Peeping Tom law is all about.
Now, just because a drone flies over my neighborhood with a camera doesn't mean there was any intent to violate my reasonable expectation of privacy, unless the drone operator is flying over my property to purposefully observe/film me in my yard. It's also important to consider altitude; is a camera flying drone flying at 100 feet over your yard ok? 200 feet? 2000 feet? Where do you draw the line before sounding ridiculous?
I have light aircraft flying over my home and yard every day at atltitudes of less than 300 feet (and I'm not near an airport). I don't know what their intentions are, but I do know that privately operated drones must strongly account for weight. You won't find serious photo gear with telephoto lenses on a private drone, whereas you can load many pounds of camera gear on light aircraft or helicopters.
Look, if a drone flies over my yard at 100 feet or more and keeps moving, I just don't care. If it hovers for no apparent reason, then I'll investigate. Drafting legislature that is so broad as to say that any drone flying with a camera over any private yard is breaking the law is just plain stupid.

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