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Canyon County to get drone, privacy concerns raised

Canyon County to get drone, privacy concerns raised

Mitch Coffman
April 26, 2012

In a story in the Idaho Statesman, Canyon County will soon be getting an unmanned drone. The drone was bought with a grant from the Department of Homeland Security for just over $33,000.

Anytime the drone is set to fly it must first be cleared with the FAA. It cannot fly more than 400-feet high at any time, but officials say it will most likely fly between 100 and 200 feet. Officials say the drone will be used for public safety reasons and will not be used to spy on people and their activities.

There are several limitations to what the drone can do, however. Its battery life is just 15 minutes so it won't be flown over large crowds or large bodies of water. When it is being operated, the person operating it must be within one mile.

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