by Kit Eaton, Fast Company, Feb 18, 2013
New draft legislation in the House of Representatives is attempting to restrict the private use of drones, making it a misdemeanor to use a UAV to photograph a person or their property without their explicit permission. Public space use would be equally limited, according to the “Preserving American Privacy Act of 2013” (PDF), requiring a max altitude of just six feet. Law enforcement bodies would have to obtain a warrant or court order to be able collect information on individuals in a private area. …
For full text of the article, visit Lawmakers Target Drones With “Preserving American Privacy Act Of 2013” | Fast Company.
- Lawmakers Target Drones With “Preserving American Privacy Act Of 2013” (fastcompany.com)
- Congressional Hearing Highlights Lack of Domestic Drone Rules (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Drones a target of U.S. House bill (computerworld.co.nz)
by Jason Koebler, US News & World Report, Feb 5, 2012
The Virginia General Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that will put a two-year moratorium on the use of drones by state and local law enforcement. If signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginia will become the first state in the U.S. to enact drone regulations. Virginia House Bill 2012 easily passed Monday by a vote of 83-16 and its companion, Senate Bill 1331, passed Tuesday by a vote of 36-2.
For full text of the article, visit Virginia Becomes First State to Pass Drone Regulations – US News and World Report.
Professor Vijay Kumar of University of Pennsylvania build amazing, agile, autonomous, aerial robots! They swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams for construction, mapping building materials, transporting cargo, disaster response and more. Visit TED.com to see the video.
Op-ed by Andrew Stobo Sniderman and Mark Hainis, NYT, January 30, 2012
DRONES are not just for firing missiles in Pakistan. In Iraq, the State Department is using them to watch for threats to Americans. It’s time we used the revolution in military affairs to serve human rights advocacy. With drones, we could take clear pictures and videos of human rights abuses, and we could start with Syria. The need there is even more urgent now, because the Arab League’s observers suspended operations last week. …
For full text of the op-ed, visit Drones for Human Rights – NYTimes.com.
Law Review Articles
- Drone as Privacy Catalyst, M. Ryan Calo, 64 Standford Law Review Online 29, December 12, 2011
- The Future of Drones in America, Kashmir Hill, Forbes, December 13, 2011
- Are Drones Watching You? EFF, January 10, 2012
- Civilian Drones: Difference Engine: Unblinking Eye in the Sky, N.V., The Economist, January 13, 2012
- Congress Welcomes the Drones, Kashmir Hill, Forbes, Feburary 7, 2011
- Ten Fun Facts About Drones, Kashmir Hill, Forbes, February 9, 2011
- Drones with an Eye on the Public Cleared to Fly, NYT, February 18, 2012
- Ten Things to Do With Your Own Drone, Venkatesh Rao, Forbes, February 20, 2012
- Drones May Set Off a Flurry of Lawsuits, NYT, February 20, 2012
- Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Drones, Foreign Policy, February 27, 2012
- Evolution of Drone Warfare, Foreign Policy, February 27, 2012
- U.S. Unmanned Aerial Systems, by Jeremiah Gertler, Congressional Research Service, January 3, 2012
- Homeland Security: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Border Surveillance, by Chad C. Haddal and Jeremiah Gertler, Congressional Research Service, July 8, 2010
- House of Representatives Unmanned Systems Caucus