Federal Aviation Administration to Begin Public Rulemaking on Privacy Impact of Increased Surveillance Drone Use in U.S.

In response to a petition organized by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and signed by over 100 organizations, including The Constitution Project, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced it will begin a public rulemaking on the privacy impact of aerial drones – the unarmed sort employed for a variety of domestic surveillance uses, as opposed to those used for targeted killing abroad.  One year ago President Obama signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which loosened restrictions on government and commercial drone flights in the United States.  Concerns about the potential privacy implications of domestic drone use increased, as some feared that the machines could be used to spy on American citizens.  Consequently, many states have introduced legislation to limit the use of drones in their airspace.  TCP’s Liberty and Security Committee’s Guidelines for Public Video Surveillance recommends a variety of safeguards for government use of surveillance cameras that are equally applicable to aerial cameras on drones.

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