from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2015, Issue No. 23
April 2, 2015
Secrecy News Blog: http://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/
DOMESTIC DRONES & PRIVACY, AND MORE FROM CRS
The anticipated deployment of thousands of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) -- or drones -- in American skies raises unresolved privacy concerns that have barely begun to be addressed, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service.
The CRS report provides "a primer on privacy issues related to various UAS operations, both public and private, including an overview of current UAS uses, the privacy interests implicated by these operations, and various potential approaches to UAS privacy regulation." See Domestic Drones and Privacy: A Primer, March 30, 2015:
This week, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed suit against the Federal Aviation Administration arguing that the FAA was obliged to establish privacy rules for commercial drones and that it had failed to do so.
The privacy implications of drones have been discussed in several congressional hearings over the past two years, yielding these published hearing volumes:
U.S. Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Integration, Oversight, and Competitiveness, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, December 10, 2014:
Eyes in the Sky: The Domestic Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems, House Judiciary Committee, May 17, 2013:
The Future of Drones in America: Law Enforcement and Privacy Considerations, Senate Judiciary Committee, March 20, 2013:
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Other new or updated CRS reports that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following.
Cyberwarfare and Cyberterrorism: In Brief, March 27, 2015:
The United Kingdom: Background and Relations with the United States, March 27, 2015:
Yemen: Civil War and Regional Intervention, March 26, 2015:
Peace Talks in Colombia, March 31, 2015:
Membership of the 114th Congress: A Profile, March 31, 2015:
Supervised Release (Parole): An Overview of Federal Law, March 5, 2015:
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