Privacy concerns about drones with cameras

When people see drones with onboard cameras, they get nervous. For some reason, people treat privacy concerns about drones more seriously than they do telephoto lenses or smartphones. They shouldn't. If you're out in public, whether you like it or not, you may be recorded by someone else. If you're at home and don't want people to see you, then shut the blinds.

Why would drones make this any different? I suspect people are more wary of drones than cameras because they're less familiar with them. While almost everyone owns a cellphone, most people have never seen a drone in person. A natural reaction to unfamiliarity is fear. And because drones are often discussed in a military context, people are quick to associate them with surveillance.

Drones are here to stay. Let's figure out how to make everyone feel safe.