New Senate bill would add privacy, transparency requirements to domestic drone use

New Senate bill would add privacy, transparency requirements to domestic drone use

Legislation introduced Monday in the US Senate aims to add privacy controls and public transparency mandates to existing legislation that will guide the use of drones by commercial and government entities in the United States, RT reported.

The Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act, offered by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), would amend the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act to require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before using surveillance drones on US soil, except in cases of emergency.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently developing rules for domestic drone use by both private and public operators pursuant to the 2012 law. The agency is required to have the regulatory guidelines in place by 2015, though the FAA has already issued over 400 active drone certifications.

The new legislation would bar the FAA from offering drone permits unless the license application ā€œincludes a data collection statement that explains who will operate the drone, where the drone will be flown, what kind of data will be collected, how that data will be used, whether the information will be sold to third parties, and the period for which the information will be retained.ā€

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