With police this week warning a House of Lords committee that off-the-shelf “drones” are being used to harass people, there are growing calls for tighter regulations to prevent criminal use of the technology. Are these concerns justified? With which of the following statements do you most strongly agree
The largest group of the 452 respondents to last week’s poll thought that drones should be treated with caution, and a clear majority were concerned abou uses of the technology as consumer models become more advanced. While 44 per cent thought that regulations should anticipate the rapd pace of development of the technology, 18 per cent thought that privacy was a valid concern and15 per cent thought they could be used to mount terrorist attacks. Of the less cautious respondents, 16 per cent thought that consumer drones could inspire budding aerospace engineers, and just 4 per cent thought they would be a short-lived fad.