Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Law Enforcement in Australia and Canada: Governance Through ‘Privacy’ in an Era of Counter-Law?

  • Adam Molnar
  • Christopher Parsons
Part of the Crime Prevention and Security Management book series (CPSM)


Comparing Australian and Canadian government attempts to regulate aerial surveillance technology provides an interesting window into how unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveillance, and surveillance technologies more broadly, are enabled and constrained by factors beyond the conventional purview of national security and law enforcement activities. This chapter examines current uses of UAVs in Australia and Canada, and considers the associated legal, privacy and social implications of their use in each jurisdiction. The chapter considers how institutional drivers and regulatory responses to UAV technologies in each country—shaped by a configuration of transport safety requirements, privacy regimes, technical developments, laws, and social norms—inform different pathways of emergence of UAV technologies and strategies of surveillance in national security and law enforcement.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicle National Security Agency Surveillance Technology Royal Canadian Mount Police Aerial Surveillance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam Molnar
    • 1
  • Christopher Parsons
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of CriminologyDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia
  2. 2.Munk School of Global AffairsUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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