Privacy Impact of Unmanned Aircraft Program, Comments Filed With FAA

The Constitution Project filed comments with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the privacy impact of its unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test site program.  The test site program is designed to integrate the use of aerial drones for a variety of domestic purposes, including surveillance, into U.S. airspace.  In particular, TCP’s comment urged the FAA to safeguard First and Fourth Amendment rights by creating limits to the geographic scope that UAS surveillance can cover as well as strict rules for law enforcement use of UAS surveillance footage.  The comment was based upon TCP’s Liberty and Security Committee’s Guidelines for Public Video Surveillance, which recommends a variety of safeguards for government use of surveillance cameras that are equally applicable to aerial cameras on drones.

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