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According to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in his testimony before a Senate committee, drones “possess a wider operational range than manned aircraft, with a wider number of different physical and operational characteristics.

Some UAS are the size of a fist and fly at low altitudes and slow speeds. Others have glider-like bodies with the wing span of a 737 and can fly above 60,000 feet. Many can fly and hover longer than manned aircraft.” A piece for The Washington Post in 2011 called “Drones on the home front” showed four different types of drones used for domestic surveillance.

And the PBS series NOVA, in an episode entitled “Rise of the Drones,” demonstrated an aerial surveillance system purportedly capable of high-resolution monitoring and recording of an entire city. Drones, Phones and Automobiles: How to reap the benefits of innovative technology AND foster trust - NewsroomNewsroom. The civilian drone market is taking off.

Drones, Phones and Automobiles: How to reap the benefits of innovative technology AND foster trust - NewsroomNewsroom

Drones could revolutionise current services, open up new ones and even improve people’s quality of life, but will consumers have to give up a little privacy to reap these benefits or can good privacy practices help enable innovation in this fast-moving new frontier? An estimate by PwC puts the value of business services using drones at £102bn by 2025 [1]. Another by the Teal Group predicts the global aerial drone market will be £11.27bn by 2025 [2]. Businesses of all kinds can see the competitive advantages that drones might give them – they can deliver packages, conduct surveys, produce accurate maps, inspect power lines, monitor rail tracks, patrol perimeter fencing and a lot more. Drones, Phones and Automobiles: How to reap the benefits of innovative technology AND foster trust - NewsroomNewsroom. FTC Workshop Analyzes Privacy Implications of Drones. On October 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop on drone privacy and cybersecurity as part of its Fall Technology Series.

FTC Workshop Analyzes Privacy Implications of Drones

Close watchers of the drone privacy debate would recognize the arguments presented at the FTC workshop as reminiscent of the comprehensive and productive debate over drone privacy played out before the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) earlier this year. The NTIA process concluded with the release of Best Practices for drone privacy supported by a diverse group of industry members and civil society representatives. Although the FTC’s workshop was in many ways a reprise of the NTIA multi-stakeholder debate, the workshop was notable insofar as the public gained new insights into FTC staff views on drone privacy and cybersecurity. Drones, Subjects, and Protecting Both.

DENISE HOWELL / internet and technology lawyer. host, This WEEK in LAW.

Drones, Subjects, and Protecting Both

“I will not be surprised if future contracts with drone operators will include birds, balloons and fireworks coordination clauses.” (Udi Tirosh) Drone pilots have unique, close-to-the-ground aerial considerations to navigate because (for example in the cinematography context) they may need to fly directly into and around obstacles other aircraft can better avoid. Hauts-de-Seine: le maire d'Asnières veut des drones de vidéo-surveillance - LCI. The IoT threat to privacy. As the Internet of Things becomes more widespread, consumers must demand better security and privacy protections that don’t leave them vulnerable to corporate surveillance and data breaches.

The IoT threat to privacy

But before consumers can demand change, they must be informed — which requires companies to be more transparent. The most dangerous part of IoT is that consumers are surrendering their privacy, bit by bit, without realizing it, because they are unaware of what data is being collected and how it is being used. As mobile applications, wearables and other Wi-Fi-connected consumer products replace “dumb” devices on the market, consumers will not be able to buy products that don’t have the ability to track them. It is normal for consumers to upgrade their appliances, and it most likely does not occur to them that those new devices will also be monitoring them.


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Drones And The Right To Privacy

Miller of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada, On August 6th, the small town of Deer Trail, Colorado is set to vote on an ordinance that will permit the hunting of unmanned surveillance drones. The author of the ordinance, Phillip Steel, claims the gesture is “symbolic.” In an interview with a local ABC News affiliate, Steel attested that he does “not believe in the idea of a surveillance society.” The Florida Legislature recently passed a law barring federal government drones from “gathering evidence or other information” on citizens of the state. Domestic surveillance drone bans are sweeping the nation.

Courtesy of Draganfly Innovations Inc In the past year, the American public has begun to pay more and more attention to the issue of domestic surveillance drones.

Domestic surveillance drone bans are sweeping the nation

And now, recent events suggest we might be seeing the emergence of a genuine national movement against the use of surveillance drones by law enforcement. With any luck, this may even set the stage for a wider dialogue about the increasingly intrusive technologies that are intended to catch crooks—but that all too often cast an overly broad net. Police use drones to spot grow-ops in Halton Region. TORONTO - Look up, look way up.

Police use drones to spot grow-ops in Halton Region

Was it a bird? Was it a spy plane? Not a bird, but definitely the latter was soaring over Halton Region, police revealed Thursday. What police for the first time flew over Milton and Halton Hills on Wednesday was a pot-spotting drone — which detected secret rural grow-ops that netted $744,000 worth of illegal weed, Sgt. Dave Cross said. IAPP Piece Outlines Drone Privacy State-of-Play. Over the next five years in the United States, thousands of drones are expected to be deployed for an array of commercial and governmental purposes.

IAPP Piece Outlines Drone Privacy State-of-Play

This prospect has captured the public’s imagination, and there are concerns about the privacy implications and whether new laws and regulations are needed. We here provide an overview of existing privacy requirements for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operating in the United States, describe new privacy proposals, and outline three scenarios that, depending on decisions by policymakers, could govern the privacy requirements for the commercial use of UAS for years to come.Existing RequirementsUAS operators already must comply with a host of common law, state and federal privacy requirements.Most states recognize the tort of “intrusion upon seclusion,” which can impose liability on those who intentionally intrude upon the seclusion of others in a manner that would be highly offensive to a reasonable person.

Government’s Domestic Use of Drones Poses Privacy Questions for Congress and the Courts. By David Young, CIPP/US Mention the use of drones—or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—and most Americans will likely think of either military uses in remote areas of Afghanistan or the potential for commercial drone use, such as Amazon package delivery.

Government’s Domestic Use of Drones Poses Privacy Questions for Congress and the Courts

A great deal of attention has recently been focused on the latter, because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has named test sites to research issues that will arise when commercial domestic uses of UAS are authorized. There has been substantial discussion that this process should also include consideration of privacy issues. But often overlooked is the fact that the federal government has already been using drones for nonmilitary, domestic purposes, and privacy questions have already emerged.

Organizations such as the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have been vocal in raising privacy concerns relating to these uses. » Police investigating reports of peeping drones spying inside NH homes. » Drones Raise Red Flags Regarding Privacy Rights. Maxwell Abbot writes: ….

» Drones Raise Red Flags Regarding Privacy Rights

In an online announcement, Amazon released some details of its “Prime Air” program which will use small drones to deliver packages within 30 minutes of an order. Bezos stated in an interview with 60 Minutes that Amazon was now focusing on getting approval for the project from the Federal Aviation Administration. He hopes to have approval from the FAA “as early as sometime in 2015.” Drones And The Right To Privacy. How to prevent drones from coming in your backyard? #privacy. At the Drone World Expo held in San Jose, California on 17-18 November, a number of experts got together to discuss the threat to citizens’ privacy which the spread of unmanned aerial vehicles may potentially represent. Drones continue to hit the headlines. In late November Amazon unveiled new information about its Prime Air programme – basically a plan to use unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver packages in under thirty minutes. Drones and Privacy: A Looming Threat.

UNMANNED aircraft, otherwise known as drones, are becoming common. Many are familiar with America’s use of armed drones in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, but drones are increasingly being used by other parts of the government, as well as by companies and individuals. Drones can be far cheaper to operate than anything that requires an on-board pilot, and they are handy for making maps and taking pictures and videos. The FBI uses a small fleet of drones for law-enforcement surveillance. Customs and Border Patrol uses them to monitor the American border with Mexico (though the programme was recently found to be ineffective and expensive).

Commercial drones are now regularly used for real-estate photography and to monitor oil and gas pipelines, among many other applications. Privacy obligations and legal risks of drones. Privacy obligations and legal risks of drones Giulio Coraggio on 15 January, 2015 - 8:33 am in Internet of Things Privacy breaches and potential liabilities might increase as a consequence of the usage of drones that represent a massive resource in a number of different sectors, but might also trigger some “new” unexpected legal risks.

Why Drones Could End up Being Good for Privacy Law  On the front page of the Los Angeles Times this weekend was a story about local police calling in military drones -- in this case, the Predator B -- to help apprehend civilians. Mark my words, this is just the beginning. Drones are simply too effective, too cost efficient, for police, firefighters, and even the private sector to ignore. Imagine what drones would do for the lucrative paparazzi industry, for instance, especially coupled with commercially available facial recognition technology.

So why isn't the sky already filled with drones? The Federal Aviation Administration has for years restricted the use of unmanned aerial systems absent a waiver. Ten Myths About Drones  Unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAVs”), often called “drones,” are coming to American skies. In February, President Obama signed a law that requires the Federal Aviation Administration to pave the way for public agencies and, eventually, private companies, to fly drones within the United States. The proliferation of domestic drones has been preceded by a proliferation of news stories about the technology — and of some misconceptions regarding what drones are, and how they might be used. A law professor and a professor of electrical engineering, we’ve identified ten commonly held myths related to the technology and legal framework involved in drones and their use. Myth #1: A model airplane is a drone. A drone is an unmanned aircraft that can fly autonomously—that is, without a human in control.

The Backlash Against Drones. Drones trigger privacy and liability risks? Student Tweets Entire History of US Drone Strikes. Cameras on drone aircraft trigger calls for legislation. Like a Swarm of Lethal Bugs: The Most Terrifying Drone Video Yet - Conor Friedersdorf. Drones increasingly used for surveillance in U.S. Iran's Photoshop FAIL: 'New drone' actually Japanese university bird. Privacy w/ Drones, Google Glass, and other tech. Drone / privacy.