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    Events of Interest: FAA Online Discussion of Domestic Use of Drones (April 3)

    The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it “will hold an online public engagement session” in order to “provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the agency’s proposed privacy policy for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).”  See a recent post for more on moves in state and federal legislatures concerning privacy and restrictions on such domestic use of of aerial drones (also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, “UAVs”). Here’s more from the press release:

    The FAA will provide a brief overview of the UAS test site program and proposed privacy policy and then take comments from participants. Each participant will have three minutes for comments. The FAA encourages the public to provide comments to the docket. The FAA will listen and record all comments, but will not answer any questions during the session.

    The FAA anticipates that test site operator privacy practices will help inform the dialogue among policymakers, privacy advocates, and the industry on broader questions about the use of UAS technologies. The privacy requirements the FAA has proposed are specifically designed for the operation of the UAS test sites. They are not intended to pre-determine the long-term policy and regulatory framework under which commercial UASs would operate. Rather, they aim to assure maximum transparency of privacy policies associated with UAS test site operations in order to engage all stakeholders in discussion about which privacy issues are raised by UAS operations and how law, public policy, and the industry practices should respond to those issues in the long run.

    Date: Wednesday, April 3 at Noon ET
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