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Senate Passes Bill that Will Increase Drone Use

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 8, 2012

The U.S. Senate on Monday passed a bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for four years--totaling $63 billion--providing the FAA opens air space to allow for more government and private use of drones, reports Forbes. The FAA was given 90 days to speed up the permission process for government and law enforcement to use drones and by 2015 will be required to allow commercial use of drones. The ACLU, among others, is concerned that there's no talk about limiting drone use. "Congress--and to the extent possible, the FAA--need to impose some rules...to protect Americans' privacy from the inevitable invasions that this technology will otherwise lead to," said an ACLU spokesman.
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