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US agency releases privacy 'best practices' for drone use

John Ribeiro | May 23, 2016
The guidance released by NTIA for drone users is voluntary.

The best practices can help promote Department of Commerce priorities by allowing the drone industry "to grow, develop and innovate while helping to build consumer trust," said Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, in a statement.

Drone and industry groups have welcomed the new recommendations. Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has recommended that states and municipalities should allow commercial operators to adopt the uniform, federal privacy best practices, instead of creating a complicated patchwork of new laws to address privacy.

The best practices are an example of the progress possible when civil society, government, and businesses work together to find solutions, said Chris Calabrese, vice president of policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology. “Hopefully the broader drone industry and hobbyists alike will embrace these best practices,” he added.


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