Drone operators: don't be afraid of the technology

DENVER - A move is under way to put some regulations in place concerning privacy and the use of unmanned aircraft, otherwise known as drones.

Senator Mark Udall, (D) Colorado, is proposing legislation that would create some limits about their usage, in an effort to protect personal privacy and protection. 

Under the measure, it would be illegal to conduct surveillance of someone using the machines in private places.  However, there are some common sense exemptions, like parks.   The aircraft would also have to be labeled with the owner’s name, address and phone number.

Currently, regulations vary from state to state.

Yet the team at Aerial Imaging Productions in Aurora has set up its own code of conduct.  Employees ask for permission at locations even though technically they don't always have to do so.        

The company maintains a fleet of the small aircraft used in commercial and private video production.  

“The burden is on us to maintain it, make sure safety's first and not violating anyone's rights," said business manager Jeffrey Buerger.

The company welcomes the potential regulation, wondering why it hasn't happened sooner.

"Regulations are critical, I think,  because there's companies out there making these real easy to get your hands on," said photographer Matt Dunn.

"We don't want the public to be afraid of this technology," said Dunn.

There is a big push right now to create an unmanned test facility in the Rockies.

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