Equipped with high-tech cameras and radar, and capable of staying in the
air much longer than planes flown by humans, drones fill a critical
gap in border security, officials with Homeland Security say. The
drones are also used to assist state and local law enforcement agencies
for operations that may not be related to border security. “That’s a major concern — that the drones are loaned out to other agencies for nonborder purposes,” said Jeremy Gillula,
a senior staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a
privacy group in San Francisco. “The technology makes it easier to
conduct surveillance on people when they don’t have probable cause.”

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
New York Times

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