The NSW Police is trialling unmanned drone aircraft, which if successful could be used in search and rescue and emergencies.
The NSW Council for Civil Liberties president Stephen Blanks said he did not oppose police using drones for search and rescue operations.
But he said the public must be assured they would never be used for general surveillance activity.
"If there are benefits which can be had from the use of devices like this in emergency situations then there should be rules in place which allow these devices to be used," Mr Blanks said.
"But we also need rules that make it absolutely clear how long recordings are kept for, when they are destroyed and notification of people who may be concerned about being captured by these devices."
Article: NSW Police to trial unmanned drones
Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 6/12/2014