President Obama Plans to Act on Drone Privacy Regulation

As the legion of interested drone users and fans grows, owing to its rising popularity and decreasing cost, so does the increase in privacy concerns. Thus, it is reported that President Obama is planning to act on a drone privacy regulation via an executive order.

As the FAA watches its drone regulation deadlines loom, President Obama intends to issue an executive order that will deal with drone privacy, something that the federal agency hasn’t delved too deeply into. According to Politico, the president plans to put together an executive order asking the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to come up with rules relating to consumer privacy, unmanned aircraft, and the interaction between the two, TechCrunch reported.

It is about time there is clear regulation regarding the proper use of drones – whether for private or commercial purposes – to allay growing fears of privacy invasion of these unmanned aerial vehicles.

The president is planning to order the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the U.S. Commerce Department, to draw up privacy guidelines for commercial drone use, according to USNews. However, the same news reported that the American Civil Liberties Union seems not in favor of this planned executive action of the President.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration does not have the authority to propose rules on government-operated drones, another area of major concern for privacy groups. “Rules must be put in place to ensure that we can enjoy the benefits of this new technology without bringing us closer to a ‘surveillance society’ in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded, and scrutinized by the government,” says the American Civil Liberties Union. A number of states have already taken action to limit the use of drones by law enforcement, continues the same USNews above.


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