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Latino Daily News

Monday April 25, 2011

Mexican Officials on Use of Drones in Latin America: Regulations Should Be Established

Mexican Officials on Use of Drones in Latin America: Regulations Should Be Established

Photo: Officials, residents in Latin America want regulations for drone use

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As Latin America is beginning to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) more often, many are asking for a code of conduct to be established and followed, amidst a number of close calls between the drones and people, as well as privacy concerns.

While residents saying they feel safer seeing the drones flying around in search of drug and other illegal activity, they do worry about spying and run-ins with the usually Israeli-made aircrafts.

Still, despite some hesitation and, they serve to make the areas they monitor safer, and experts say they are here to say.

“I think it’s the maturation of Latin American defense systems,” she says, while cautioning that the potential to arm drones could turn the project into a “double-edged sword.”

So “just to be on the safe side” and to make sure abusing of this technology are not occurring, Mexican Sen. Fernando Baeza, said, “Regulations should be established. The great precision of satellite information could be put to good use, or could be used for spying.”