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Increase in privacy complaints about snooping drones in New Zealand

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New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has received a higher volume of complaints about drones in 2017 compared to 2016.

In NZ’s largest city alone (Auckland) there were 34 complaints last year. The majority of grievances involved drones flying over a person’s private land without permission or hovering outside apartment windows for extended periods of times.

Other complaints involved people being followed as they walked around conducting their business. One woman claims she was followed by a drone as she walked from her garden to her house and the drone remained hovering outside her windows once she was inside.

The giant increase in number of consumer-owned drones in the last few years has undoubtedly contributed to the rise in public complaints. Aviation authorities are doing their utmost to educate the public and make sure they comply with the law.

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