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Surveillance drones hovering over a backyard near you

Washington Post reports that in Texas, the Department of Public Safety used a small bird-size device called a Wasp to float over a backyard and beam video to agents before a search warrant was executed. As is typical in these scenarios, the technology has migrated from military use to law enforcement. Obvious problems with privacy laws, and the FAA is limiting use to emergency situations. But at a cost of just $50,000, the civil sector will be next.