Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Long-Awaited Domestic Drone Rules Won’t Stop Peeping Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday released regulations on the use of drones in American airspace, spelling out in more than 600 pages rules that will take effect in August relating to weight, speed, altitude, certification for commercial users, and other flight restrictions.

But despite recognizing that drones “pose risks to individual privacy,” the FAA declined to issue any privacy regulations at all.

More than 180 groups raised privacy concerns through the agency’s public commenting process, but the FAA decided that its “long-standing mission … as a safety agency” does not include privacy, and that “it would be overreaching for the FAA to enact regulations concerning privacy rights.”


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