As with any new technology, drones present both possibilities and potential for abuse by law enforcement. A transparent and public discussion about how law enforcement agents will use them — that starts with real information from the agencies — is the only way to ensure that this new technology doesn't encroach upon our civil liberties.
EFF is proud to announce that MuckRock, a open government organization dedicated to helping people send requests for public records, is joining their campaign to find out what local police agencies are doing with drones — and how they can stop their use for surveillance.They are sending out public records requests to every local law enforcement agency with a drone authorization from the FAA. In addition, MuckRock is offering their tools and inviting users to help write their own public records requests to police agencies in their town.
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