Inexpensive drones with high-resolution cameras are popping up everywhere. This is great for filmmakers looking for inexpensive sky shots, hobbyists who want to fly a drone from a distance and other businesses, but not so great for the average person trying to protect their privacy.
In the past, you would need a helicopter or crane to get an eagle-eye shot of your neighborhood - and see or photograph anything your neighbors were doing in their backyard. Now, you can do it with a drone that costs less than $1,000 - or even $200 - and that has people worried.
That worry proved to be true recently when a real-estate drone was taking pictures of a property for a listing. Not only did it photograph the house for sale, it accidentally captured a neighbor - who happened to be sunbathing topless in her secluded back yard.
“I heard a noise and then I saw this odd thing flying around and thought it was a kid’s toy. It hovered around and luckily I was face down at the time,” [Mandy Lingard] said.
That was bad enough, but then the real estate company either didn't notice or didn't care, because it put the image up on a billboard, in a magazine and on its website.