How Two Traditions of Privacy Defenses in Image Capture Technology Inform the Debate over Drones
Roberts, Patrick S.
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Innovations in image capture technology create new versions of long-standing concerns about privacy, with the debate over unmanned aerial vehicles, known in the popular media as drones, as the latest example. The history of privacy claims in image capture technology weaves together arguments about technically-oriented harms and arguments about human dignity. Claims for defending privacy against intrusions from cameras, camera phones, and thermal imaging can be deployed in new forms in defenses of privacy against drones. This article ends with a caution about unintended consequences of regulating privacy, and of attempting to avoid regulation altogether.