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Daily Dashboard | Police in Maryland using drones, privacy advocates raise concerns Related reading: German presidency discusses ePrivacy intentions


Howard County police are the latest law enforcement agency in Maryland to use drones as Chief Lisa Myers said her department will launch a one-year “field test” of three unmanned aircraft, The Baltimore Sun reports. Drones have been used by police in Maryland to investigate crashes, photograph crime scenes and survey weather damage. The Howard County department said drones would be used in emergency situations and when it is believed “the drone will collect evidence relating to criminal activity.” Privacy and civil liberties advocates are concerned by law enforcement’s use of the technology, including Rep. Warren Miller, R-Md., who said it raises “constitutional concerns.” “We want the public to know that it is not our intention to infringe upon their privacy rights,” Myers said.
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