3. Why is this handbook important?

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Due to the increasing ways in which drones can be used commercially and professionally, drones could impact the privacy of people around their area of operation. Drones can be equipped with a variety of payloads and have a lot of different uses,which means that they could, for example:

  • Collect visual information through cameras, infrared sensors or thermal imaging equipment.
  • Collect non-visual data, e.g. location data through the use of GPS or IP addresses if they serve as wireless connection platforms. Even this non-visual personal data can raise privacy issues.
  • Can often remain unnoticed by people on the ground due to their varied size and mobility.

Because of the risks presented above (and others), you need to be aware of the different privacy concerns that varying drone usage raise and how to avoid them if you wish to use drones for commercial purposes in Europe.

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