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FAA Unveils Privacy Rules for Test Sites

DRONES—U.S.

November 21, 2013

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued privacy requirements for U.S.-based drone testing sites, Courthouse News Service reports. Earlier this year, the FAA announced there will be six drone testing sites to help integrate the technology into the National Airspace System. Some have questioned whether the agency has the authority to issue privacy requirements. One commenter said, “Existing privacy laws are sufficient to cover the responsible use of (drones). There already exist federal, state and other laws that protect privacy … tort law may also provide avenues of recourse for plaintiffs to protect their privacy rights.” The ACLU’s Chris Calabrese said the government has taken an “important step” by issuing the requirements, but added, “Congress must also weigh in on areas outside the FAA’s authority…”
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