MoI slaps curbs on camera drones
Remote controlled drones with built-in cameras will no longer be allowed to fly over personal properties, Interior Ministry Undersecretary Sulaiman AlFahd said yesterday. He said drones with cameras attached to them have hovered over houses, military compounds and other sensitive locations, which is strictly prohibited. Those found complicit in such unlawful activities could face either three years in jail or a maximum fine of KD 3,000. Fahd also stressed the need to get the ministry’s consent before operating these drones, which are typically seen at weddings and other joyous occasions, highlighting the fact that these drones have recently been used for illicit activities. Fahd noted the drones represent an encroachment of personal privacy and a flagrant violation of state laws, warning that security forces reserve the right to down all drones spotted without proper permits by any means possible.