India’s liberalised new drone rules have little space for citizens’ privacy

  • On Thursday, the government finally announced its much-awaited new liberalised drone rules, marking the coming of age for an industry that has for long struggled under unclear, and somewhat unimplementable regulatory norms.
  • While virtual celebrations have broken out since the announcement of the new rules which also repealed norms that were implemented just some months ago-and were widely considered to be too stringent and restrictive-there is something that the rules seem to have given the fly by to: ensuring that drones do not end up violating Indians’ fundamental right to privacy.
  • The new rules certainly seem to be as close as they could possibly get to the wishlist of drone operators.


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