Government may have laws to curb aerial snooping

Government may have laws to curb aerial snooping

MALAYSIA - The Government will consider drafting laws to curb aerial snooping via remote control devices such as the hexacopter.

"If the need arises in the near future, the Government will consider enacting the relevant laws," Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said in a written reply to a question raised by Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong (BN - Ayer Hitam).

He said currently there were sufficient laws under the Penal Code to deal with incidents of invasion of privacy, including snooping.

Last month, a remote-controlled aerial vehicle commonly used by the military to spy on terrorists was allegedly found snooping on Wee's bungalow in Bukit Tiara in Cheras.

Following police investigations, two men, age 39 and 47, surrendered themselves, claiming they were merely testing the hexacopter when it crashed near Dr Wee's bungalow.

Dr Wee said there was growing concern that such gadgets could be misused by certain quarters for criminal purposes.

He added that these gadgets could be used by kidnappers to spy on their intended victims in high-end housing estates.

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