Drones are the game changing marvel of technology representing boundless possibilities for innovation and utilisation. In the initial days, they were primarily used by governments across the world as a way to supplement their militaristic operations. However, given that the technology has immense capability for application in the civil sphere, different jurisdictions have already come up with frameworks to regulate the subject matter.
Drones can indeed be used for multiple purposes, including, (a) monitoring and inspection of infrastructure like railways; (b) improvement in agriculture through crop and soil health monitoring system; (c) ‘general use’ by civilians; (d) media and entertainment; (e) conservation of wildlife, etc. The multi-use capability of drones has become even more apparent in light of the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. Authorities are increasingly opting to use them for monitoring the situation as well as ensuring contactless operations and services to the public at large.
With use of drones set to only increase over time, it is important that such uses be regulated in an effective way to ensure that the right to privacy is respected, and the safety and security at large is not compromised.
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