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Science  30 Jan 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6221, pp. 497
DOI: 10.1126/science.347.6221.497

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Drones are becoming more widespread, monitoring endangered wildlife, mapping rainforests, and filming athletes. And although there is little doubt that they can be very useful, they also pose new threats to privacy; the robotic fliers could film you in your own house or garden, for instance. Many countries are still debating how to balance privacy and freedom as drones proliferate, but current laws may offer some protection. In the United States, for instance, the Fourth Amendment, which protects citizens inside their homes from unreasonable searches and seizures without a warrant, may shield Americans from miniature government drones searching for illicit substances.