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A look at privacy rights after OC man destroys drone flying over his home

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SkySeer designer Victor Torres flies the Skyseer Unmanned Arial Vehicle (UAV) drone (not in photo) with its remote control device (in hand) as he watches the live video images transmitted from the drone overhead to his video monitor (at left), 16 June 2006 at a demonstration in Redlands, CA. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

A Huntington Beach man was captured on video destroying a drone flying on his street earlier this month.

The drone belonged to the startup Lucky 7 Drones, which was shooting an instructional video when the incident occurred. The drone was flying about 2 to 3 feet off the ground when the man in question used a T-shirt to swat it, bringing the $1,300-machine  to the ground.

Incidents like this are likely to multiply, as more and more businesses embrace drone use. The Federal Trade Commission has started to roll out rules regulating the domestic use of drones. What are those regulations? What are our privacy rights?


Gregory McNeal, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He is an expert on drones and topics related to privacy and technology

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