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


  1. Marin Real Estate Photography

    May 13, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    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.

  2. Al Tompkins

    May 14, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    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.

  3. Danny Thompson

    May 14, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    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.

  4. Phrancis5

    May 14, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    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.

  5. tone1myth2ad

    May 15, 2018 at 2:00 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.

  6. kapay ako

    May 15, 2018 at 2:11 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!

  7. Ernz Basilio

    May 15, 2018 at 7:32 am

    …small knowledge is dangerous !!!

  8. jazzman9

    May 15, 2018 at 8:09 am

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

  9. Finn O'Reilly

    June 2, 2018 at 10:36 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)

  10. Str8poisin tv

    June 2, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    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.

  11. Roger Miller

    August 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm

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

  12. Roger Miller

    August 2, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    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

  13. Marilyn Ruiz

    November 2, 2018 at 5:05 am


  14. Brad Taylor

    November 17, 2018 at 3:04 pm

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

  15. jet052673

    January 18, 2019 at 9:49 am

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

  16. jet052673

    January 18, 2019 at 9:53 am

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

  17. Aurelia M

    January 30, 2019 at 12:41 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.

  18. T H

    March 28, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Okay so now all drone pilots are creeps…

  19. 1t’sJaBoiSam

    March 31, 2019 at 12:43 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

  20. anonymous anonymous

    April 29, 2019 at 12:14 am

    This is such BS . When he said that drone that "you buy for your kids has to be registered by the FAA" that's a lie . To be requiredto register it under the FAA asked to be over 55 lb and has to be used for non recreational purposes

  21. Mad Marc

    June 15, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    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.

  22. marcrobinson010

    July 29, 2019 at 5:31 pm

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

  23. Bosnian SuperTrooper

    August 24, 2019 at 4:19 am

    so what if it spies on me?

  24. Chad Blunderbuss

    September 21, 2019 at 2:27 pm

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

Leave a Reply