As drones become ever more popular in the business and home entertainment sectors, privacy concerns abound – and incensed Americans are taking offensive action. With some states allowing private citizens to shoot at drones, safety and the protection of privacy and property are becoming an increasingly important facet with drone video usage in real estate marketing.
How Can You Protect Yourself?
New drone legislation proposals are turned in to states and cities daily. In 2015 alone, 45 states considered 168 pieces of drone legislation. Complicating matters, the FAA is maintaining its right to control where drones are allowed to fly, splitting authority between federal and state governments – with additional pending lawsuits/legislation to come.
Avoid Privacy Issues When Flying Drones
Since no one currently holds the authority to broadly protect privacy surrounding drone usage over people’s homes, common sense politeness is encouraged, especially surrounding drone video usage in real estate marketing, to protect your brand image.
Ask for permission, not forgiveness.
Don’t fly over private property, such as around neighbors’ homes for an aerial view, without asking first. 20 states have drone laws, with many on the books surrounding photography/videography. (Oklahoma recently enacted legislation protecting homeowners who shoot down drones not in public airspace over private property.)
Don’t disturb the peace.
Fly at a reasonable hour, trying to disrupt the daily lives of others as little as possible.
Never fly over people.
Or clueless creatures ranging from playful dogs to toddlers, who could become injured – or injure your drone.
If a public spectator inquires what you are doing, reply in a friendly, accommodating tone. Your actions will have a huge impact on public opinion of drones – and your business.
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