Many against privately owned drones

42% of 2,000 respondents oppose private ownership of drones

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Federal Aviation Administration has yet to develop and implement rules regulating small drone aircraft.

However, many Americans have already made up their minds to use these lightweight, remote-controlled, video-recording devices.

A new Reuters poll found 42% of 2,000 respondents oppose private ownership of drones. 30% said they’re okay with private ownership. 28% weren’t sure.

Tom Pagani, who works in western Massachusetts, told 22News, “Privacy issue’s definitely a concern. You know they are watching us, and we don’t know what’s going on. We don’t know what they are doing with the information.”

The biggest reason for widespread unease was privacy issues. Some drones can fly as high as 6,000 feet, carrying video cameras. The Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a draft FAA rule, that’s expected to be published soon.

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