A SWEDISH COURT has effectively banned camera-equipped drones with the ruling that they are surveillance devices and need a permit.
The Swedish issue with flying camera drones is that they are like aerial CCTV, a snooping menace that can hover over people at any time and invade their privacy. While this is also the same for a camera on a bike, it is not the same for the court, which ruled that if you want to fly a drone with a camera on it, you are going to have to get a permit first.
This word of warning comes from from the Swedish Administrative Court and means that Swedes, not the vegetables, must apply to their local administrative courts for permission to fly a drone with a camera on it.
Although this sounds a bit hardline for Sweden, personal rights run both ways, and no one wants to be working on their tan in a Swedish back garden when a drone with a camera comes flying over.
"When it comes to the camera on the drone, the photograph from the air but managed from the ground. The Court held that it can not be controlled locally. The Court further found that the camera can be used for personal monitoring, although it is not the purpose," says an, er, translated version of the ruling.
"The camera is, therefore, to be regarded as a surveillance camera. Since the camera is additionally directed to a place to which the public has access, the permits."
It is different in cars or bikes, the court said, because the operator is right there and in direct control of the device. With no person physically holding the device, never a good idea with a drone in full blade rotation, it is essentially just a flying privacy intrusion thing, and the Swedes do not need that.
"If such a camera can be directed at a place to which the public has access must be the provincial government to give its consent," adds the court information.
"The camera on the drone will be used to take photos of buildings and environments from the air . The camera in the car and the bicycle will be used to take images during travel inter alia social media." µ
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