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Opinion: Drone Fears "Warranted" but "Premature"

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

April 11, 2012

Forbes' contributor Greg McNeal reports on the legal, policy and privacy implications of domestic drone use in light of  the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. "While a robust public debate over the bill and the domestic use of drones is warranted," writes McNeal, "the conclusion that widespread privacy violations are imminent is premature." McNeal says the bill sets forth several provisions that "seek to implement a very broad framework under which the FAA can explore the uses and feasibility of such a program." Under the bill, the FAA will "draft plans, standards and rules," which will provide "a public process where civil liberties and privacy groups will no doubt have a voice in crafting the rules," he writes.
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