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A drone, also known as an unmanned aerial system (UAS), is an aircraft that can fly without a human pilot on board. Drones come in different sizes and shapes and can be used for various applications, but they raise concerns about safety, security, and privacy. It is essential for drone operators to educate themselves on these regulations and to operate responsibly.

Q) Do you need to register the use of drone cameras
A) Yes, you must register the use of the drone

Q) Do I need to conduct a DPIA when considering using drone cameras?
A) Yes, you must conduct or have conducted an up-to-date DPIA and document the results for each individual site where a drone is being used.

Q) Are there strict policies to be adhered to?
A) Yes, the system must comply with the surveillance camera code of practice and the requirements of the UK GDPR.

Q) Do we have to let individuals know that drones are going to be used?
A) Yes, you must inform all individuals whose images may be captured of the use of drone cameras

Q) Do we need to include a privacy policy on the use of drone cameras?
A) Yes, you must give access to a privacy policy / notice


A building surveyor uses a drone in a residential area to inspect damage to a roof.
The surveyor wishes to use a drone because the high-resolution images allow for a safer and more cost-effective way of working.

In keeping with the principles of data protection law, the surveyor conducts an DPIA and makes a risk-based assessment prior to deployment.