Privacy and Security Concerns Hold Back Drone Delivery

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Commercial drone delivery promises to be the future of getting packages to consumers in the most efficient manner possible. But, privacy and security concerns may be holding back more widespread adoption of the technology. 

According to a recent report by nonprofit group the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), drone privacy and security issues are the most alarming to business. Among survey respondents, 75 percent say privacy is the largest concern for commercial drone use. Interestingly enough, 25 percent of companies say that business use of drones outweighs any privacy or security issue. The report polled ISACA members which include “more than 140,000 members and certification holders in 187 countries,” the group said.

“Rushing to implement drone technology without first being properly prepared can result in both a legal and financial disaster. An uncontrolled drone program can also cause significant damage to the organization’s reputation,” Albert Marcella, author of the report and member of ISACA, said in a statement.

Attorneys and industry specialists have also turned their eyes to drone privacy issues. Despite growing acceptance of drones, privacy and security concerns remain, Lisa Ellman, Washington-based partner at Hogan Lovells LLP and chair of the firm’s unmanned aircraft systems practice, told Bloomberg BNA Privacy & Security Senior Legal Editor Jimmy H. Koo in a video interview. However, there are laws and rules in place that protect consumers’ privacy and security, Ellman said. The private-sector should also work with public-sector stakeholders to help abate the privacy and security issues, Ellman said.

And consumers worried about drones invading their privacy or subverting security protocols should consult with France. The country has trained eagles—D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis–which seek to destroy rogue unmanned aircraft that pose a national security risks, French radio station RFI reported. All for one and one for taking down rogue drones.

Source: Bloomberg

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  1. Don’t worry about the drone over your house, worry about the TV in your living room and the phone in your hand. Funny, I have said that for years now, and it took wiki-leaks to make people listen. I would say it and I would get chided for spreading “Tin foil Hat” scares… Now it turns out it is true all along.

    A drone can not generally get into your house, or your car, watch what you surf for, what you watch, Watch you while you watch tv….. There was a great article in the NYT about a company that set up set top boxes to read your expressions, and listen to you while you watched TV. Were you engaged by the commercial or not. Were you surfing on your phone?

    Wake up folks. and break out the tin foil!!!!

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