There’s been a lot of talk about drones these days. Private and commercial use has been given much attention, but there really is very little agreement on the rules surrounding these pilotless aerial platforms.
Aside from protected airspace, the FAA rules about drones have been widely debated and are seemingly unclear. Florida has adopted legislation (FSS 934.50), which only limits the use of drones by law enforcement. The City rules simply prevent conflicts with airport operations and prohibit flying in City parks or the beach, unless an area has been set aside for said purpose.
Like many other emerging technologies, drone conversations naturally turns to privacy issues, and more questions than answers. What do you do if you find a drone hovering in your backyard?
It could be argued that physical intrusion by a drone upon someone’s property would constitute a trespass. Add a camera and you might create a fact scenario consistent with a video voyeurism violation. In most instances, a drone flying by your house will not constitute some type of violation that we could enforce.
Hopefully, there will be some clearer guidelines developed regarding drones in the near future. We will continue to evaluate possible guidelines which allow freedom for operators and peace/privacy for others. If you believe a drone operator is being overly intrusive, the safest thing to do is to give us a call and let us fully investigate the circumstances. As always, let’s be careful out there.