How Peeping Drones Could Be Spying On You Without You Knowing It | TODAY

If a drone were spying on your in your home or backyard, would you even know? Not necessarily. TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen stages a revealing demonstration to show how easily you could become a victim of a “peeping drone” – and explains what you can do about it.
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How Peeping Drones Could Be Spying On You Without You Knowing It | TODAY


  1. Bosnian Drift on August 17, 2020 at 9:26 am

    so what if it spies on me?

  2. Elijah miller on August 17, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Key word: BLINDS

  3. Ken Koy on August 17, 2020 at 9:26 am

    If I’m going to spy anyone I’ll buy a binocular for a lesser price than a drone and can record HD photo and video. Stop this BS!

  4. Paul Shaw on August 17, 2020 at 9:27 am

    That’s why you need window blinds and curtains

  5. Tim Trahan on August 17, 2020 at 9:28 am


  6. Al Tompkins on August 17, 2020 at 9:28 am

    The "recent" cases were months and in one case YEARS ago. The Seattle case was 2014. The St. Louis "case" was January and the Utah case was December 2017. The Seattle matter was not a spying incident but a guy hired to take images for a builder-far away from the woman. Despite what the story says, it would be illegal to fly so close to a house. PART 107 puts the limit at 400 feet from a structure. That is more than a football field away. And the operator has to have "eyes on" the craft, so the guy hiding and flying a block away is illegal.

  7. Mad Marc on August 17, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Not everything that flies is a drone. People need to know the difference between an HD camera drone and an FPV Racing/Freestyle Quad-copter.

    A Camera Drone is autonomous and uses a GPS unit to connect to satellites and can be given instructions where it will use its GPS coordinates to make decisions and act upon them to carry out a task. This
    technology can be coupled with a variety of sensors to help the drone navigate a flight path via way points set by the drone operator on his/her cellphone with an app that has an interface that’s similar to google maps. Some sensors can be used for collision detection and altitude as well as the GPS coordinates. Some camera drones are equipped with very high resolution cameras featuring a telephoto lens that allows the drone operator to zoom in with out loosing resolution allowing for greater detail from far distances and heights. This is available to the public. There are strict laws and regulations put in place that you need to follow in order to legally operate a machine like that. That being said, individuals that are serious drone operators do follow these rules and are the majority.

    An FP|V Racing/Freestyle Quad-copter is not autonomous. It has non of the features that a camera drone embodies and can only be piloted from a short range. The only sensor that it has is a gyro system not unlike the one in your smartphone that provides the aircraft with data containing its orientation. It does not make decisions, carry out tasks or even knows where it is. It does not fly itself. It takes great skill and includes hours of flight simulator time to become a skilled FPV pilot in this hobby/sport. They do not carry extremely high resolution HD cameras with a telephoto lens. Instead they carry low resolution 640 x 480p cmos or ccd cameras coupled with a 5.8 GHz video transmitter that sends a snowy image back to a set of FPV goggles containing a 5.8 GHz receiver for a low latency video feed. These Quads are much smaller than a camera drone and can easily exceed highway speeds. They are specifically used for FPV Racing or for FPV Freestyle competition. Freestyle is an areal acrobatic art form filled with difficult tricks and maneuvers challenging FPV pilots to train hard and be initiative with their style. Even though the video that the pilot sees in the FPV goggles is of low resolution, he/she experiences the sensation one would get if they were to all of a sudden spontaneously grow wings and take to the skies. Lets just say that part of our brains don’t understand screens yet and can’t tell the difference between real life and what it sees on and screen. This can result it quite the adrenaline rush when moving at over 100 kph. Often pilots will strap on a gopro at 1080p resolution to catch the experience to share online with the FPV community. These aircrafts also are subjected to the laws and restrictions put in place going by weight class. Currently in Canada anything under the 250 grams is considered a toy and needs little to no restrictions. They are micro size and can be flown in paces like parks, parking lots, fields, and your front or back yard, etc. The only rules are don’t damage people or property. Spying is against the law no matter what fashion it was committed in.
    I hope this information was helpful.

  8. KBfromLV on August 17, 2020 at 9:30 am

    As usual going to the dam extreme! How about looking at the good drones are doing just once. As usual you stoop the the lowest of low and sensationalize the BS that a few sick minds have done. Working with amazon or several others to make it commercial drones only? Sure seems that way. Investigate further next time

  9. T H on August 17, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Okay so now all drone pilots are creeps…

  10. Brad Taylor on August 17, 2020 at 9:36 am

    You have to be deaf not to hear it. I can hear it. I caught a spying drone simply by the noise it makes.

  11. Roger Miller on August 17, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Those three drones at 4:22 don’t require registration because they weigh less than 250 grams. You can barely fly those cheap ones more than 300 ft away from you

  12. tone1myth2ad on August 17, 2020 at 9:38 am

    If you are gonna chill in your crib with all the Shades up, curtains wide open so that your home is as bright inside as it is outside, you my friend are an exhibitionist, You probably also, have the inside of your home brighter when it gets dark outside with everything wide open as well. Dont worry about a drone looking at you, because everyone else on your block is already looking and filming you. Dude you are in Illinois, That set up was ridiculous. No one here especially living within arms throw from the city has their homes exposed like that. A good example is the neighbor next door in your video, they know what shades are for. If you want to know what a drone can see at 100 plus feet in the air, which is where most drone pilots are flying, could it be because of trees??? Look at any of the people commenting on this video, video’s and put your worries to rest. We’re not interested in you, we’re interested in the Ariel views along with the stress and joy of flying combined in one.

  13. Nusaibah Ibraheem on August 17, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Clearly most people in the comment section don’t want anything negative associated with drones, but the reallity is that people with drones can look into your backyard, a place that used to be private, not private anymore. Whether or not you can hear it is beside the point, they can take pictures if you regardless

  14. Sean Ozz on August 17, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Don’t let this newscaster freak you out. They like to exaggerate what’s going on. You’re more likely to be spied on by someone with a phone.

    Here is a real video not made by fake news that shows how close a drone actually has to be and how little one can actually see.

  15. Flametionist on August 17, 2020 at 9:44 am

    2:48 To those wondering why that ‘code’ is on the front of the drone: In order to commercially fly and/or operate a drone under .55 lbs (250 grams), you must register it with the FAA, and part of the registration process has you put a given code on an external face of the drone. Hence, the numbers and letters.

  16. Sammy Clutchfield on August 17, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Why in the world does my bathroom have a window in the ceiling.

    Lady who hates drones: the construction workers watch you take a shower

  17. Michael Rose on August 17, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Ridiculous! It’s very hard for drones to see in widows unless you set up your whole home with a lot of natural light and bright light bulbs. This is only scaring the people who have little education about drones

  18. Joe Mason on August 17, 2020 at 9:47 am

    I found good way to deal with them was good catapult 9mm steel though half inch steel ball is more satisfying….of course this is only if your privacy is compromised

  19. Marilyn Ruiz on August 17, 2020 at 9:49 am


  20. Chad Gilmore on August 17, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Propaganda against drones…sooks🥱

  21. Kyle Hammerquist on August 17, 2020 at 9:50 am

    It’s funny to see the constructions crane outside the ladies condo that thought she was being spied on. From the looks of the drone it was probably doing construction monitoring for the building site. #dronesforgood

  22. devin houser on August 17, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Here in Wyoming stealth helicopters spy on the citizens I’ve seen one hover above a house 5 ft above it and the people didn’t even notice it

  23. jet052673 on August 17, 2020 at 9:55 am

    @0:59 nobody wants to see you with no clothes on lady.

  24. Roger Miller on August 17, 2020 at 9:58 am

    This is why there are some many misinformed people out there. Because of this crap is why our hobby is getting a bad rep.

  25. First Name Last Name on August 17, 2020 at 9:58 am

    I"m Deaf and have large round breasts, which need to be massaged with oil and dried in the sunlight. I like to keep my eyes closed as I stand nude and fully shaved in front of my balcony door. It’s so sunny I usually keep my eyes closed. It’s a curse. Sometimes my fingers get chapped from sliding over my taunt nipples. Message me for my address so that you can help protect me from drones!

  26. Str8poisin tv on August 17, 2020 at 10:00 am

    lol this is super fake news a drone can be heard from pretty far away. you people have no clue how cameras work.the camera man is angled where even if he pointed his camera he wouldnt be able to see the drone and you guys shot it like this purposely to fear ppl . if you are worried about consumer drones you are a fool.

  27. lucas crockett on August 17, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Instead of report on fear and speculation and creating a hostile environment for drone operators try reporting on something with a bit more substantiated value. You could only find one actual case and 2 people who thought they were being spied on. Check out the attached link reporting the lives of 65 people that were saved by drones just last year!!!! How about some integrity for reporting.

  28. marcrobinson010 on August 17, 2020 at 10:01 am

    I literally only wanna get a drone to spy on my hot neighbor lol

  29. ChunkyCactus Channel on August 17, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Yesterday at night like at 11:02 at night Me and my parents and my little brother were going to sleep when all noticed outside our window a really shiny light it was prettty far away and my dog was barking at it then it kept on flying up and down it was making that weird noise and it had all different colors like red green and white all of a sudden we saw a lady talking to a police officer outside then the drone flew away and two guys ran inside their car and drove away I was pretty confused

  30. Luis Rodolfo Corona on August 17, 2020 at 10:03 am

    and you get pay for this?

  31. Isyu 잇유 on August 17, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Ummm, is it good if no-one was in my room while they looked?

  32. Danny Thompson on August 17, 2020 at 10:04 am

    If there was a Golden Globes or Oscar award for stretching beyond ridiculous and Fake News then NBC in general and this report in particular would win 2018 hands down. The most far-fetched, sensationalist fear-mongering that I have seen in a very long time indeed. Is it the intention of the MSM to make people fearful of their very own shadow?

    A $200 Cannon SX60 would be much more effective (and cheaper) to spy on people totally silently and from incredible distances. A simple YouTube search will provide copious amounts of demonstration video of the power of these cheap Bridge Cameras. A drone is just about the last thing that anyone with half an ounce of common sense would choose as their tool to spy through people’s windows.

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  34. Aurelia M on August 17, 2020 at 10:07 am

    This is the garbage that is causing all the panic over drones. Another thing, you have no expectation of privacy if you don’t cover your windows.

  35. Phrancis5 on August 17, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Um, this is some sensationalized fear-mongering. Drones are loud. You’re not gonna get up close to a window silently. They don’t have telephoto lenses to see clearly that far away. A cheaper telescope could see you in better detail from 100’s of yards away. He’s right about the FAA registration not being enforced though.

  36. Marin Real Estate Photography on August 17, 2020 at 10:08 am

    As a licensed drone pilot (107 airmans certificate) I can tell you that if a drone were trying to spy on you, you would most likely know it. When I fly my drone for photographing real estate, all the kids come racing down the block asking if they can fly it. All the moms come out and threaten to call the cops on me, and all the dads want to know where they can buy one, too. Drones are loud. Imagine a blender hovering in the air outside your window. And drones are (generally) equipped with wide angle lenses and cameras with lower resolution meaning that it is pretty difficult to get a decent image of something that is smaller than the size of a car.

  37. Kyle Hammerquist on August 17, 2020 at 10:09 am

    This is absolutley the stupidest thing I have ever seen. Anyone with a camera and a long lens has more ability to spy than a drone that needs to be right up to the window to see anything. This is absolute nonsense

  38. jazzman9 on August 17, 2020 at 10:10 am

    I see they had no news that day to report. Making stuff up is not news. Shame on this news station.

  39. H C on August 17, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Sometimes the drone roams my backyard and flies on top of my house for 1 to 2 minutes. It’s really annoying and scary, these things should be banned. I was outside at the time and no curtains to help me.

  40. Steve Bingham on August 17, 2020 at 10:16 am

    I have small drone and it still noisey .bad people will always ways abuse things and good people usually have to pay price for bad people abusing everything.I think Dji have app or try make app to notify other drone filters u fly in area and don’t be surprised they will make way to track you if up to no good and maybe use your own phone to track u back home..these bad people help everyone to lose more of are freedom to Government control..

  41. Emily Meyers on August 17, 2020 at 10:16 am

    i’m doing research on these drones because on a bike ride around my neighborhood with my friend a drone chased us. every time we would go faster so would the drone and same for when we stopped. it was really scary and we were worried about being kidnapped. being two teenage girls it was especially concerning

  42. Bari_ 13 on August 17, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Curtains are a thing

  43. Speedy O on August 17, 2020 at 10:18 am

    its simple if you are found spying with a drone and its reported you get a fine, then a drone ban then jail sentence

  44. John buck on August 17, 2020 at 10:20 am

    So you found three cases… out of millions of drone owners.

  45. jet052673 on August 17, 2020 at 10:21 am

    @2:42 your NBC drone operator was flying illegally. He needs to fly visual line of sight (VLOS).

  46. Finn O'Reilly on August 17, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Don’t pretend u wouldn’t notice that blisteringly loud buzzing noise i have owned two and my family can hear either of them inside from about 200-300m away.( phantom v1.01 and Mavic pro) (i live on a farm so i get no complaints outside my family)

  47. Matthew Blunderbuss on August 17, 2020 at 10:23 am

    People do this with cellphones they used to do it with disposable cameras and they didn’t make a loud buzzing sound.

  48. Joshua Wood on August 17, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Lord come soon lol

  49. Tamup21 on August 17, 2020 at 10:24 am

    My neighbor spy my window I called 911

  50. Ernz Basilio on August 17, 2020 at 10:24 am

    …small knowledge is dangerous !!!

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