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GAO Report on Drones Cites Growing Privacy Concerns

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

September 19, 2012

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has said there are growing concerns about privacy and civil liberties as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are introduced to the public airspace, Security Management reports. The GAO reported, “Concerns include the potential for increased amounts of government surveillance using technologies placed on UAS, the collection and use of such data and potential violations of constitutional Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.” The GAO report also revealed that no federal agency “has been statutorily designated with specific responsibility to regulate privacy matters relating to UAS for the entire federal government.”
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