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Posted: 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
The FBI is flying drones despite growing privacy concerns. According to a new report by internal auditors, the Justice Department has spent $3.7 million on drones. The FBI has used the unarmed, unmanned planes to track criminal suspects and inspect crime scenes. The department's watchdog is urging new guidelines to protect privacy. Some say the FBI is too secretive and should ground drones until there are more rules. "We don't know if the FBI is using them in ways that protect Americans' privacy rights or in ways that put privacy at risk," said Electronic Frontier Foundation representative Jennifer Lynch. The audit also found the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives plans to fly drones. The Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals Service have drones, but do not plan on flying them. The use of drones typically generates a lot of talk. Head over to our Facebook page and leave your thoughts on the FBI using drones here.
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