By Debbie Burke
What if a device measures your heart and respiration rate, body temperature, and blood pressure from almost 200 feet away without you ever knowing it? What if that intimate information is collected into a database? Who uses that information and what do they do with it?
Is this the premise for a dystopian/sci-fi/horror story?
Nope. It’s reality.
Pandemic drones created by the Canadian company Draganfly can do all that and more. In a video interview here, Draganfly CEO Cameron Chell claims the software will help public safety officials (in other words, law enforcement) track and prevent spread of disease.
Huh? Cops are now in charge of public health?
On April 21, 2020, Westport, Connecticut police announced implementation of pandemic drones that measure people’s body temperature, heart and respiration rate, and coughing and sneezing. Drones are already being used for enforcement of social distancing in New Jersey, Florida, and elsewhere.
The next day, the ACLU filed a protest statement saying, “Towns and the state should be wary of self-interested, privacy-invading companies using COVID-19 as a chance to market their products and create future business opportunities.”
Following public outcry, on April 23, Westport reversed its decision to use pandemic drones.
Is sneezing, coughing, or running a temperature a crime?
Does invasion of a person’s body by technology constitute unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment?
TKZers: What do you think?