Silicon Valley should help FAA write drone policy

Santa is the original drone. Unnoticed, he can tell when we’re naughty or nice. And somehow, nobody complains.

But it’s time to wake up to the reality of mechanical drones. An estimated 250,000 will be sold worldwide by the end of 2012. You still have time to buy one for your favorite geek for as little as $300.

Alameda County recently blocked a plan to purchase a drone that could be used for surveillance. But until drone use is regulated, ideally at the federal level, the threat of spying by public or private voyeurs is all too real.

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