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July 22, 2014

The social policy & privacy implications of UAV-surveillance in law enforcement

Adam Molnar profile imageThe UAV Triple Zero Summit, to be held in Melbourne this week, brings together a range of national and international experts in the area of unmanned aerial vehicles. This year’s two day summit is themed ‘Mobilising and Regulating UAVs in Australian Emergency Response’. Deakin Criminologist Adam Molnar will chair proceedings at the Summit on Wednesday and will present a paper on Thursday titled – ‘The social policy and privacy implications of UAV-surveillance in law enforcement – deriving insights from the Canadian context’.

Adam’s paper examines current uses of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by Canadian and Australian law enforcement. He will discuss how key institutional and policy trends that are driving the adoption of UAVs in Canada are similarly occurring in Australia. The use of UAVs in each jurisdiction, as a novel surveillance technology that delivers persistent aerial surveillance capabilities, raise significant privacy concerns. Adam’s paper also explores recent developments on how public officials in each jurisdiction are fashioning regulatory responses toward the use of UAVs in emergency management and law enforcement contexts.

Click here for more information on the conference, including the two-day agenda.



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