Sheriff Ahern decided to spend $97,000 from the county’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to buy two small unmanned aerial surveillance devices. Ahern seems to think he hasn’t done anything wrong, since he told the Contra Costa Times: “There's nothing secret about what we've done...This is how our department acquires equipment on a regular basis.”
EPIC argued that warrantless surveillance around a person's home violates both property interests and an individual's reasonable expectation of privacy. EPIC also warned the New Mexico high court that "Drones will enable broader use of aerial surveillance by law enforcement" agencies. EPIC explained that "it will be necessary to establish privacy rights to protect against constant monitoring."
The FAA says that it is still considering Amazon’s request for permission to experiment with drones in open airspace, and that it has requested additional information from the company, including an explanation of why drone delivery would be in the public interest. Vice-president of global public policy, Paul Misener, reply was: “I fear the FAA may be questioning the fundamental benefits of keeping [drone] technology in the United States.”
Amazon’s threat to shift its drone operations abroad is not an idle one. Google is testing unmanned aircraft in Australia, while the German delivery firm DHL has already begun to operate its “parcelcopter” to carry small packages to far-flung islands.
The Anaheim Police Department of California admitted that they used special Cell Phone surveillance technology, known as DirtBox, mounted on aircraft to track millions of mobile users activities.
More than 400 pages of new documents published Wednesday revealed that Local Police and federal authorities are using, DRTBox, an advanced version of Dirtbox developed by Digital Receiver Technology (Boeing's Maryland-based subsidiary).