The Federal Aviation Administration released a “road map” for letting drones share the skies with civilian aircraft by 2015.
FAA said its plan will outline what “regulations, technologies, standards and policies” will be needed to accommodate safe operations for drones — or, as the agency calls them, unmanned aircraft systems. But the agency gave no indication that it plans to require privacy protections for people on the ground when drones are used nationwide, despite some privacy safeguards the agency is including in its testing stage, said Politico.
Earlier this week, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a bill to impose privacy regulations for drone operators, saying that “before countless commercial drones begin to fly overhead, we must ground their operation in strong rules to protect privacy and promote transparency,” said Politico.
In this week's announcement, the FAA said the six test sitesm which are expected to be picked by year’s end, will be required to obey all existing federal, state and local laws on privacy as well as taking measures to ensure data accountability.