Worries over Amazon plan to use drones

US lawmakers have called for new laws and regulations as Amazon is undertaking an experimental project for delivering packages using door-to-door drones.

On Monday, US lawmakers called for new privacy rules before the skies over Americans�™ heads �œteem with commercial drones.”

�œColoradans will accept this technology only if they are certain their privacy is protected and that Americans won�™t be victims of surveillance or privacy abuse by private unmanned aerial system operators,” said Democratic Senator Mark Udall from Colorado.

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee also said that it would hold a hearing in early 2014 to address the issue of using commercial drones in the US.

�œAs we move forward toward integrating drones into civilian life and capitalizing on the economic opportunities they offer, we must make certain that these aircraft meet rigorous safety and privacy standards,” said the chairman of the committee, Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia).

In an interview with CBS television�™s 60 Minutes program on Sunday, which was accompanied by a video showing an operating drone, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said his company was ready to use drones to do half-hour deliveries of small packages.

Employees at Amazon just have to type in GPS coordinates and the aerial device would fly off and deliver ordered packages.

However, US lawmakers are worried that commercial companies would use the drones to collect information about US citizens.

�œCompanies could use drones for information gathering whether that is taking a photograph of your patio furniture or recording the make and model of your car,” said Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas), who has also introduced a drone privacy bill.

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Source: Press TV