Govt bans flying of drones amid fear of info leak

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Govt bans flying of drones amid fear of info leak

May 6, 2015-

The government has put a ban on flying of drones in Nepal’s skies following the Great Quake fearing leakage of sensitive information and pictures of valuable heritage sites.

Issuing a statement, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that those wishing to fly the drones for the purpose of research should take prior permission from the Authority. “But no permission would be given to fly these objects in prohibited areas,” added the statement. Nepal does not have any law regarding flying of drones and other unmanned aircrafts in its skies.

In the aftermath of the April 25 quake, some foreign media and aid agencies were found to have used drones to assess the exact loss of human lives and devastation caused by the earthquake.

The authority claimed that it has received information that some organisations had used drones to take pictures and videos of valuable heritage sites of Nepal which could be at risk of being misused.

Published: 07-05-2015 08:18

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