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German police mull wide use of drones for corona-surveillance

The two largest German police unions have urged authorities to consider allowing the widespread use of drones to help officers ensure that people stick to rules on social distancing while outside.

“If police want to get a good overview of public green space or park in a large city during fine weather, a drone could be a practical tool,” Jörg Radek, the deputy chairman of the GdP union, told the DPA news agency.

Radek admitted, however, that the use of drones could create concern that civil liberties were being eroded.

Read more: German retirement homes isolate the elderly from COVID-19 threat

“We have to be sensitive about it. Drones are a new resource and could create the impression for many citizens that we are on our way to a surveillance state,” he said, adding, “We must make sure that we don’t lose sight of what is proportionate even during this period.”

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