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Google chief warns: armed drones in the hands of terrorists; miniature models could be used to spy on neighbors

April 14, 2013

Anti-drone: Google boss Eric Schmidt has warned about the spread of drone technology

Anti-drone: Google boss Eric Schmidt has warned about  the spread of drone technology

By  Daily Mail Reporter

The head of Google has warned drone  technology proves a serious danger to global security and privacy unless an  international treaty is put into place controlling the technology  fast.

Eric Schmidt today said that the technology  for armed unmanned planes will soon pass into the hands of terrorists posing  huge security concerns across the globe.

He also said that ever expanding drone technology is making smaller and cheaper models, including nano-drones, which could be used by nosy neighbors spying on each other in a dispute.

‘You’re having a dispute with you neighbor,’  he told The  Guardian. ‘How would  you feel if your neighbor went over and bought a commercial observation drone  that they can launch from their back yard. It just flies over your house all  day. How would you feel about it?’

On Thursday, Idaho’s Republican governor  signed a law restricting the use of such pilot-less aircraft by police and other  public agencies in a bid to protect privacy rights.

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The state now requires law enforcement to  obtain warrants to collect evidence using drones following in the footsteps of  Virginia, which also introduced such a measure.

‘We’re trying to prevent high-tech  window-peeping,’ Idaho Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, sponsor of  the measure told Reuters.

Terror threat: Drones could fall into the hands of terrorists Schmidt warnsTerror threat: Drones could fall into the hands of  terrorists Schmidt warns

Privacy breach: The Google boss also warns nano-drones will cause issues around privacyPrivacy breach: The Google boss also warns nano-drones  will cause issues around privacy

Law enforcement agencies have been known to  use small drones, which cost as little as $30,000, to locate marijuana farms and  track fugitives.

Schmidt also warned that deadly armed drones  could soon be used by terrorists following the proliferation of state drone  strikes over recent years.

‘I’m not going to pass judgement on whether  armies should exist, but I would prefer to not spread and democratize the  ability to  fight war to every single human being,’ he said.

‘It’s got to be regulated. It’s one thing for  governments, who have some legitimacy in what they’re doing, but have other  people doing it…It’s not going to happen.’

He added that drone technology will become  more and more normalized part of warfare.

‘It’s probable that robotics becomes a  significant component of nation state warfare,’ he told the newspaper.

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, center, and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richards, right, brief journalists after they arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport from Pyongyang, in Beijing Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Schmidt is urging North Korea to shed its self-imposed isolation and allow its citizens to use the Internet or risk being left behind economically. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, center, and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, right, brief journalists after they arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport from Pyongyang, in Beijing Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Schmidt  urged North Korea to shed its self-imposed isolation and allow its citizens to use the Internet or risk being left behind economically. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

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Google CEO Eric Schmidt smiles outside of Google headquarters in Mountain View, California

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Eric Schmidt served as Google’s chief executive until 2011 Photo: AP
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By Jeremy Hsu, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer | LiveScience.com 
Cheap drones made in China could end up arming potential U.S. foes such as North Korea, Iran and terrorist organizations.
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China’s Wing Loong drone, closely modeled on the U.S. MQ-9 Reaper, on display at the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai. Photo: Courtesy David Cenciotti


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