Why technology laws may need a common-sense exception

Given the rapid rise of new technologies, particularly of the visual recording variety, it’s becoming increasingly probable that our older system of litigation and after-the-fact statutes is going to be even more out of date very shortly than it already is. Specifically, a story picked up in some parts recently mentioned the following annoying story regarding a neighborhood intruder skating on the very thin ice of legal ambiguity as regards recreational drones.

In short: there is no common sense way in which this is a defensible action, and more generally it is legally questionable to begin with. That it might not be the highest thing on the police’s agenda is besides the point: there needs to be a framework to deal with these intrusions, and soon. This applies as much to the ultra long-focus lenses of the ilk that were used to snap nude pictures of Kate Middleton as it does to Google Glass or otherwise mobile cameras.

As regards drones and backyard airspace, it should be legal, point blank, to bring down a drone intruding into your backyard, in any way you see fit. An intrusion of this nature should receive a caution at the least, and an intentional intrusion of this nature should be a felony. I’m not insane about privacy, and I understand that we live much of our lives in public now, but that is all the more reason to define and preserve a sphere of privacy and to clearly determine the acceptable limits of technological application well in advance of them becoming a problem.

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