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FAA compromise bill drops key drone privacy provisions

John Ribeiro | July 14, 2016
The provisions would put checks on the collection of personal data by drone operators, including the government

The legislation also has provisions for the setting up of  a pilot program for mitigation of airspace hazards at airports and other critical infrastructure using unmanned aircraft detection systems. 

The FAA in consultation with other agencies shall also convene industry stakeholders to arrive at consensus standards for remotely identifying operators and owners of unmanned aircraft.

The FAA extension will provide short-term stability for the commercial drone industry, said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of drone advocacy group, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, in a statement. "Its provisions will help expand commercial operations, advance research and keep the airspace safe for all users - manned and unmanned," Wynne added.

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration released in May a list of voluntary privacy best practices for commercial and non-commercial drone users, which were arrived at by drone organizations and companies like Amazon and Google's parent Alphabet. It was recommended, for example, that drone operators that collect personal data should explain in a privacy policy what personally identifiable information they will collect, for what purpose and if it will be shared with others, including law enforcement agencies.

Source: ITworld


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