The National Commission for Informatics and Liberties (CNIL) sent a call to order to the Ministry of the Interior for the use of drones equipped with cameras, prohibiting it from resorting to this practice as long as it is not framed by a text, she announced Thursday, January 14. The CNIL had been seized on this question by the law commission.
The CNIL criticizes in particular the Ministry of the Interior for having used drones to ensure compliance with containment measures in the context of the crisis due to the coronavirus, but the sanction and the accompanying injunction concern any use of these gear, “Whatever the aims pursued”.
“To date, no text authorizes the Ministry of the Interior to use drones equipped with cameras capturing images on which people are identifiable”, declares the CNIL. “Likewise, although it is mandatory, no impact assessment has been communicated to the CNIL concerning the use of these drones. The public was also not informed about the use of drones as they should have been. “