Drones: Who Is Watching You?

Military drones are being used by everyone from real estate agents to paparazzi.
3:00 | 02/16/12

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Spy planes the phrase makes most of us think of distant wars. But there's a new breed of mini spy plane that may soon be operating in your city on your block over your -- -- These tiny flying robots are equipped to take photos and video. And it might not be long before their fact of daily life the question is what and who are they wanted. Here's ABC's -- -- It's an engineering marvel -- pocket sized hummingbirds growth. Second -- -- do a flip and transmit everything it sees and hears from the camera microphone in its throat. This micro spy plane is the smallest of an entire new industry the best expired plates soon available to anybody willing to pay. From the news media the law enforcement to the weather service and yes even realtors. This is the abdomen. Drones -- our unmanned heroes in war zones are now in the hands of real estate agents 4500 square feet. Priced under two million dollars for Ed Kaminsky -- realtor in Southern California. It's called a multi copter. It it's his latest weapon for attracting wannabe buyers to multi million dollar properties like this. -- -- of peace I wanna capture first -- the come over the roof line because this can't capture courtyard with no photography. So we get rolled through here without him right up top role in and out the back yard is gonna get the -- perspective. What this home is really about. Kaminsky says for those who can't come to an open house it's almost like being there. There's a lot of foreign buyers today coming into the and I think but thing real -- especially high -- real thing. So to give them an opportunity -- really from the whole property from a different perspective that this is allowing. Well Kaminsky says this three rotor helicopter only captures private homes with the homeowners blessing. Its potential to see without being seen has some worried about privacy issues. Right now they're basically no rules that restrict -- from a privacy point of view how these things can be used -- we don't wanna see. Is them being use all the time for mass surveillance for -- particular purpose. The media is already using drones the daily an Internet news site calls the -- the daily drove the extent of the damage is even more shocking. And among the most eager to fly domestic drones are America's police departments. -- and I'll be an area on Paper. Mesa county Colorado sheriff's deputy Derrick Johnson. As a rare secret weapon in his patrol car and when the call comes to unleash it. I try to stop whatever I'm doing as fast as possible and then. Go and deploy this little -- It's a three -- ten pound infrared camera carrying helicopter drone that takes just moments from carrying case. The flight. It's controlled by two joystick and can -- for up to fifteen minutes over a crime scene. Providing backup for swat team. These are -- two deputies there. You know trying to conduct the search like it did when a stabbing suspect went running into the brush by the railroad tracks kind of insurance policy for our officers -- approaching this person. -- -- They're easy to fly similar to a video game. These sheriff's deputies learned Annan's two day seminar hosts. Just so I have to stick control he that I -- -- -- -- -- Flying over the police parking lot and about seventy feet. And mesa county has a more sophisticated fixed wing drone to. These are the closest cousins to terrorism fighting robot heroes of Afghanistan and Iraq. The silent predators of mideast guys now launching a new American aerial assault. At the hands of domestic law enforcement. A tool for us that gives us the -- the sky without -- -- to pay our time for a helicopter or fixed. One of the strong points about the drones is that you can find people people who are missing people who are hiding even though you can't see me on the ground. To the drone. On purely visible. -- -- me. You see me now. The FAA has issued nearly 300 permits many for law enforcement use. It is developing new rules to address the second controversy over unmanned drones. Flying over busy domestic airspace safety. The airline pilots association warns of chaotic dangerous jobs if drone operators continue to learn their craft in just days. They want full pilot training. Without that. There's -- potential to have -- -- run into an airplane making the new domestic drones as unintentionally dangerous to Americans and their privacy. As they are intentionally lethal to terrorists overseas. -- Nightline I'm -- marvelous reporting from a Grand Junction, Colorado.

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