Amazon’s Drone Delivery & Privacy
Jeff Bezos’ announcement on “60 Minutes” that Amazon was developing delivery via drones was, rightfully, met by a little bit of skepticism and safety concerns. Imagine the implications of drones flying goods around major metropolitan areas. For the average residential delivery you would certainly have obstacles such as power lines and trees. In urban environments it would be reasonable to assume that pedestrian safety and theft might be a major concern. Chris Anderson, a well known author and tech-entrepreneur with a knack for drones, called drone delivery “incredibly stupid” only two months ago.
No surprise then that almost immediately after the Amazon announcement Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts released a statement saying, in part, that before “drones start delivering packages, we need the FAA to deliver privacy protectiosn for the American public”. In March Markey introduced legislation which would provide privacy protections from drone use inside the United States. Here is a link to Markey’s full statement regarding drone based delivery services.