Monday, April 01, 2013

Drones looking at farms

Animal Liberation in NSW is about to deploy surveillance drones to look for evidence of animal cruelty on private property - including flying over free range egg farms, sheep and cattle farms.
It's likely that the low flying cameras will anger many farmers not only because of the intrusion on their privacy, but because of the potential to frighten and injure stock.
It is said that the drones will be flown at a height above 10 metres from the ground – and that is claimed to be legal.
Simple surveillance of farms to verify production claims (such as free range egg farming) is currently undertaken by using Google Earth. Clear images are available of every farm and the drones are probably unnecessary.

The issue has been brought to the attention of the Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, who said that using the drones was "potentially intrusive”.

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