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Protect privacy from drones at home, lawmakers say

By JOAN LOWY Published: July 22, 2012
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WASHINGTON — Before thousands of civilian drones begin flying in U.S. skies, Congress should take steps to protect the public’s privacy and prevent terrorists from hacking or jamming signals that control the aircraft, lawmakers said Thursday.

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There is tremendous demand to use drones at home for all kinds of tasks that are too dirty, dull or dangerous for manned aircraft. Drones also often are less expensive than manned aircraft. The biggest market is expected to be state and local police departments.

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