John Villasenor of the Brookings Institute gets a bit of stick in these parts for his op-eds on drones (in part for some sweeping statements and fuzzy terminology), but I've always found him to be responsible, happy to learn and engage in dialog here and otherwise worth reading.
Here's his recent op-ed in the Washington Post, which makes the good point that the FAA, which is charged with bringing commercial drones into the National Air Space, is not the right agency to consider the privacy implications of that. This is, of course, self-evident to anyone following this area and such privacy issues are almost always handled by other agencies as well as the courts, but the op-ed is worth reading if for no other reason than a good summary of where things stand in the US regarding new issues that drone may present on privacy.
Here's the lead:
In February, President Obama signed into law a reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Adm... (FAA) that requires the agency — on a fairly rapid schedule — to write rules opening U.S. airspace to unmanned aerial vehicles. This puts the FAA at the center of a potentially dramatic set of policy changes that stand to usher in a long list of direct and indirect benefits. But the FAA is not a privacy agency. And although real privacy concerns have arisen about these aircraft, asking the agency to take on the role of privacy czar for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would be a mistake.