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February 8, 2012

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Spy Drones Already Circle Crops in Europe

by rogueoperator

A follow-up on the “drones for drones” story, lest we hear the “it’s not just about surveillance” rejoinder.  From the BBC:

Europe’s farms cost taxpayers billions of euros in subsidies each year, and EU agricultural inspectors are turning to technology to improve their patchy record on preventing fraud and waste.

Satellites have already been in use for several years, and drones are currently undergoing trials.

Scanning a farm with a satellite costs about one third as much as sending an inspector on a field visit – £115 ($180; 150 euros) rather than £310 ($490; 400 euros), says the UK’s Rural Payments Agency (RPA), which is responsible for disbursing the subsidies in the UK and checking for irregularities.

Oh, I see. Maintaining our privacy costs taxpayers, ergo…just tag me, shave me and make a hair suit merkin, already.

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