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Is Google Drone View in Our Future? US Airspace Opened for Commercial and Private Drones

English: Wasp IIII small unmanned aircraft system

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Congress Welcomes the Drones by Kashmir Hill, Forbes, February 7, 2012

The Senate passed a $63 billion bill Monday to provide four years of funding for the Federal Aviation Administration.  … The FAA is also required under the bill to provide military, commercial and privately-owned drones with expanded access to U.S. airspace currently reserved for manned aircraft by Sept. 30, 2015. That means permitting unmanned drones controlled by remote operators on the ground to fly in the same airspace as airliners, cargo planes, business jets and private aircraft. … Once the FAA changes the rules, a company such as Google for example could finally buy drones and use them for mapping purposes. …

For full text of the article, visit Congress Welcomes The Drones – Forbes. See also the summary with links on Secrecy News Blog, click here.

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Are Drones Watching You?

The article “Are Drones Watching You?” provides a nice summary of U.S. case law regarding aerial surveillance with links to the cases.

By Jennifer Lynch, EFF, January 10, 2012

Today, EFF filed suit against the Federal Aviation Administration seeking information on drone flights in the United States. The FAA is the sole entity within the federal government capable of authorizing domestic drone flights, and for too long now, it has failed to release specific and detailed information on who is authorized to fly drones within US borders.

For full text of the article, visit Are Drones Watching You? | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The Drone as Privacy Catalyst

Thanks to Kevin Pomfret for passing this along.

M. Ryan Calo, Standford Law Review, December 12, 2011, 64 Stan. L. Rev. Online 29

Associated today with the theatre of war, the widespread domestic use of drones for surveillance seems inevitable. Existing privacy law will not stand in its way. It may be tempting to conclude on this basis that drones will further erode our individual and collective privacy. Yet the opposite may happen. Drones may help restore our mental model of a privacy violation. They could be just the visceral jolt society needs to drag privacy law into the twenty-first century. …

For full text of the article, visit The Drone as Privacy Catalyst – Stanford Law Review.

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