Anyone using a drone has to follow the dronecode to ensure that members of the public are protected.
If you have a drone with a camera its use has the potential to be covered by the Data Protection Act 1998 (the DPA). The ICO therefore recommends that users of drones with cameras should operate them in a responsible way to respect the privacy of others, and to comply with the provisions of the DPA.
To use your drone responsibly:
· Let people know before you start recording.
· Consider your surroundings and be aware of other people’s property.
· Get to know what your camera can do, and the kind of images it can capture.
· Plan your flight to avoid invading the privacy of others.
· Keep you and your drone in view.
· Think before sharing any personal data collected.
· Keep the images safe and consider whether you should keep them at all.
If you are using your drone for a more formal, professional purpose, then it is important that you understand your legal obligations as a data controller as the situation will be different.
For more information, visit the ICO’s website at https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/drones/
If you have any concerns about drones being used in your area, either from a safety or privacy perspective, contact your local police on 101.
You can find details about the requirements to fly a drone commercially from the CAA at www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Aircraft/Unmanned-aircraft/Unmanned-Aircraft/
For further information on the CAA’s drone education work or the dronecode please contact Jonathan Nicholson in the CAA’s communications team at firstname.lastname@example.org