Truth is often stranger than fiction.
The Chicago Tribune reported just this week that insurance giant State Farm has filed an application with the FAA
to test the use of drones to capture images, including of roof and other
property damage, during catastrophes. The company told reporters that
eventually it hopes to use the images it captures, to conduct "research
and development" during and immediately after a real world catastrophe,
such as with hurricanes, tornados, windstorms, floods, wildfires or mudslides.
What else will they use the information for? Will they be allowed to share
it? Sell it?
USAA is also, reportedly, considering FAA approval to conduct similar drone
testing. Do you trust your insurance company to manage your right to privacy
responsibly? If these companies cannot handle simple contractual disputes
with honesty and integrity, how can they be trusted to fly drones over
your neighborhood, and have unfettered access to the sky above your home
or business? State Farm's FAA application said the drone flights will
occur under 400 feet. Do you want your "good neighbor" flying
drones over your home or business?