Whenever any new technology reaches the mass consumer and enters our lives, multiple questions arise as to whether or not this technology may be used for ill intentions. Drones are no exception here. What does the Law have to say about it?

Every time something new is invented and popularized, this invention raises a number of challenges. What at first seems a great idea that will make our lives so much better, most likely, can also be used for ill intentions by a criminal mind. This is why, whenever a new technology comes into our lives, it is up to the lawyers to come up with comprehensive regulations regarding this technology.

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Cars were invented much earlier than driver’s licenses. The Internet was originally introduced to facilitate a free exchange of information, but soon it got so misused that governments had to take measure to control it. And now we have drones.

Ever since such small unmanned aviation became possible, it found heavy use in the military. Later, this technology spread to civil sectors and became so popular, that there are even big international conferences discussing drones and all the issues around them. For instance, the first FAI International Drone Conference took place in Lausanne, Switzerland, in September 2017.

There, one of the speakers – Max Polyakov of Noosphere – has gone into detail about how beneficial the use of drones may be in a variety of ways. Another speaker – John Langford of AIAA – stressed that there are more drones than licensed pilots in the USA, and to avoid any unpleasant incidents, we need to train drone owners to fly consciously and safely. As always, an innovation is a two-sided coin.

On the one hand, drones present unique opportunities for agriculture, topography, and many other civil sectors. On the other hand, irresponsible use of drones can lead to a variety of unpleasant consequences. They can be both incidental, such as traffic incidents, and intended, such as violation of privacy and commercial espionage. This is why the governments should come up with comprehensive regulations.

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The use and ownership of drones will inevitably be regulated by the Law. Lawyers in various legislations are already working in this direction. Drone enthusiasts should not think that they will be able to purchase and use drones as easily as they do now. They should keep track on the process, discuss it at events like the aforementioned FAI conference, and influence the lawmaking process, if necessary.