The FBI has been suing domestic drones since 2006.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States has been using domestic drones since 2006 but has failed to codify rules to protect privacy rights.
A recent report by the US Department of Justice™s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, has shown that the use of domestic drones in the US is not limited to the FBI and is even expected to expand.
According to the Justice Department™s internal watchdog, the FBI™s domestic drone use since 2006 has cost over $3 million as of May while the department has also granted $1.26 million to local police departments for drones.
Meanwhile, the use of domestic drones in the US is expected to expand to the Justice Department™s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive.
Moreover, the US Marshals Service and Drug Enforcement Administration, both components of the US Justice Department, have purchased and tested drones for domestic use.
This comes as civil rights activists have raised concerns that the use of drones for spying purposes in the US would create a œsurveillance society” in which authorities are allowed to monitor, track, record, and scrutinize every movement of citizens.
The Justice Department™s report also acknowledged that the use of domestic drones in the US has raised œunique concerns about privacy and the collection of evidence.”
However, the report says the FBI™s guidelines for the use of domestic drones simply œrequire that agents request supervisory approval before conducting any aerial surveillance and comply with aviation laws and policies” and do not address drone-surveillance privacy concerns.
œUsage policy on domestic drones should be decided by the public™s representatives, not by police departments, and the policies should be clear, written, and open to the public,” urges the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an organization working to defend Americans™ individual rights and liberties.
ACLU Senior Policy Analyst Jay Stanley has also called for the passage of legislation proposed by a bipartisan group of US lawmakers that requires law enforcement agencies in the US to get court approval before deploying drones and forbids the arming of drones with lethal or non-lethal weapons.
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