Drone Concerns May Thwart Deployment
SURVEILLANCE—U.S.February 4, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration anticipates as many as 30,000 drones to operate within the U.S. by 2020, but public concerns about police use of drone data could slow their proliferation, The Denver Post reports. "If we don't fix the privacy problems for civil liberties, we'll never realize the benefits from drones," said Ryan Calo of the University of Washington. "Folks will be afraid and object." Meanwhile, a Texas lawmaker has introduced legislation to protect Texans’ privacy when it comes to drones. “Why should the government or anyone else be able to watch my every move?” said Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell). Editor’s Note: the breakout session Who’s Watching the Drones? will be part of the IAPP Global Privacy Summit this March and will feature insights from the ACLU’s Christopher Calabrese and the Department of Homeland Security’s Christopher Lee, CIPP/US, CIPP/G.