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Laws Need Update for Drones, Experts Tell Senate

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

March 21, 2013

The expected boom in domestic, commercial drone use could pose serious data-gathering and privacy challenges to American citizens, experts told a Senate panel yesterday, the Associated Press reports. Current privacy safeguards from aerial surveillance are based on court decisions in the 1980s, the Judiciary Committee was informed. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) said the expected job creation from the technology “is a very seductive thing,” but the government should “decide for which purposes drones can be legitimately used.” And University of Washington Law Prof. Ryan Calo said if citizens’ privacy concerns are not first addressed, the “transformative” potential of drone technology may not come to fruition.
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