Guidance for Drone Use

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones in the construction industry is increasing, but contractors need to be aware of how to deploy them lawfully to reduce intrusion.

Drones can be used in many ways on a construction site including conducting aerial surveys, monitoring the activities of staff or subcontractors on sites and to view the site’s progress.

However, if used incorrectly drones can infringe the privacy rights of individuals due to those unconnected with the site being recorded without their knowledge.

Therefore, it is important to devise methods of providing individuals with notice that a drone is in use and how the images may be used and disclosed to reduce the risks of privacy intrusion.

Some things you can do to ensure this are:

  • Wearing highly visible clothing identifying yourself as the UAV operator;
  • Placing signage in the area you are operating the drone to make those in the vicinity aware;
  • Conduct a privacy impact assessment (PIA) before using the drone;
  • Do not use the drone continually, you should be able to switch the drone on and off when appropriate;
  • Ensure any data collected is stored securely and encrypted if possible;
  • Ensure any data collected is retained for the minimum time necessary for its purpose;
  • Ensure any data is disposed of appropriately at the end of this time period;
  • Reduce the risk of collateral intrusion by using a device that has a restricted vision so that its focus is only one place.

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