Irish householders concerned about drone use over homes advised to avail of data protection laws

The warning came as Ireland is on course to have 10,000 drones registered by early 2019.

However, the explosion in popularity of drones, remotely piloted aircraft which can range from 150 grams to several kilos in weight, has sparked a major debate over their operations.

There have been a number of complaints about drone use, several over recent weeks from people sunbathing or enjoying their back gardens who had drones fly over their properties.

Concern was focused on whether the drones were equipped with stills or video cameras.

In 2017, more than 95 complaints were lodged with gardaí. However, there has been only one successful prosecution although a number of actions are currently pending.

The majority of regulations covering drones come under the auspices of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

Drones cannot be operated above 17 metres if the drone is under 1kg in weight, over a gathering of 12 or more people, more than 300

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