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NYPD will use drones to monitor private parties over Labor Day weekend

<p>The New York Police department has been using drones in a limited capacity for years — deploying unmanned aircraft systems for <a data-i13n="cpos:1;pos:1" href="">search and rescue missions[/url], to document crime scenes, or to monitor large public events like <a data-i13n="cpos:2;pos:1" href="">New Years Eve in Times Square[/url]. Soon, you might see one in your backyard as well: NYPD officials have announced plans to use drones to follow up on noise complaints during the long Labor Day weekend.</p><p>&quot;If a caller states there is a large crowd, a large party in a backyard, we're going to be utilizing our assets to go up and check on the party,&quot; Assistant NYPD Commissioner Kaz Daughtry said during a press conference Thursday. Privacy advocates have been quick to respond, with a representative from the New York Civil Liberties Union <a data-i13n="cpos:3;pos:1" href="">telling the Associated Press[/url] that the announcement &quot;flies in the face of the POST Act&quot; that requires police to <a data-i13n="cpos:4;pos:1" href="">publish its use policies for surveillance technology[/url].</p><span id="end-legacy-contents"></span><p>And indeed, the plan could represent a stark departure from those policies. When the Department first announced its new drone program, it promised that the technology wouldn't be used for &quot;warrantless surveillance.&quot; That pledge is reflected in the NYPD's POST Act <a data-i13n="cpos:5;pos:1" href="">Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Impact and Use Policy[/url], which specifically states that (absent exigent circumstances), drones are not to be used &quot;in areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy without NYPD personnel first obtaining a search warrant that explicitly authorizes the use of UAS.&quot;</p><p>It's unclear if the department plans to obtain a warrant for noise complaints at private events over Labor Day weekend, or if such a complaint falls under &quot;exigent circumstances.&quot; Even so, the NYPD has been increasing drone use in recent years, and has deployed unmanned aerial systems 124 times in 2023.</p>This article originally appeared on Engadget at

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