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Democrats surprise by drafting a drone privacy bill

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Under the democrat Obama administration, the use of drones both abroad and domestically has skyrocketed. The FAA has already approved thousands of requests for drone licenses and soon there will be no more privacy in the US. However in the wake of this shift, even democrats have had growing concerns over the abuse of such technology. The Hill reports on a recent draft bill that would work to emplace privacy measures for drone use:

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) released a draft bill on Wednesday that would require drone operators to meet certain privacy standards.

The bill would require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to consider privacy issues in its rule-making process for granting licenses to commercial drone operators. The bill would also require the drone operators to disclose the kinds of data they plan to collect and how they plan to use it.

Police are already allowed to fly drones in American airspace, and the FAA is developing rules to grant licenses to civilian operators

“Drones are already flying in U.S. airspace — with thousands more to come — but with no privacy protections or transparency measures in place,” Markey said in a statement. “We are entering a brave new world, and just because a company soon will be able to register a drone license shouldn’t mean that company can turn it into a cash register by selling consumer information.”

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