The impact this type of surveillance could have on UK civil liberties is hard to overstate: Every walk in the park, day at the beach, even sitting in your own garden. Every time you stop to appreciate a countryside view will be marred by the thought that somewhere in the sky a Police technician may be filming you.
While news coverage of their introduction may briefly highlight this intrusion, the more worrying scenario is that our children's generations may never even be aware of these unseen cameras endlessly circling over the UK.
Their use is expected to increase dramatically during the 2012 olympics. Once that surveillance investment is here, it is likely to stay. The proposed regulation of CCTV will seem like a smokescreen if the expansion of a national drone network is allowed to continue. Along with the recently disclosed 7.6 billion movements currently recorded by the ANPR network, extensive use of unseen aerial cameras would make the UK the definition of an open prison.