Obama to issue drone privacy Executive Order

From Politico

President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace, POLITICO has learned.

The order would put the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the Commerce Department, in charge of developing the guidelines. NTIA would bring together companies and consumer groups to hammer out a series of voluntary best practices for unmanned aerial vehicles.

The FAA, which is working on a formal set of rules to allow commercial drones to operate in U.S. skies, has been criticized for not tackling issues around what kind of images and data drones can collect. Consumer groups and some lawmakers have said drones could violate people’s privacy by peering into their homes and backyards.

It’s not clear when the president will issue the order. White House officials declined to comment, but confirmed government-wide efforts to coordinate policy on the issue.

“We don’t have any details to share at this time, but there is an inter-agency process underway,” said White House spokesman Ned Price.

FAA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The FAA has said it will issue a rule on small commercial drone use by the end of the year. Congress set a September 2015 deadline for the agency to safely integrate drones into the nation’s airspace, though an inspector general’s report earlier this year cast doubt on the agency’s ability to meet that timeline.

The NTIA process will not address government use of drones, though more than a dozen states have put limits on how law enforcement can use the technology, often requiring a warrant and data deletion after a certain period of time. This year, a number of state legislatures began considering additional laws aimed at curbing private-sector drone use.

NTIA has experience with privacy issues in the tech sector. The agency convened meetings to work out industry codes of conduct for mobile apps and is now doing the same for facial recognition technology.

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Comment by Robert Pigeon on July 23, 2014 at 6:03pm

 So will the privacy laws apply to full size aircraft also? What are the current privacy laws in relation to full scale aircraft?

Comment by armen t on July 23, 2014 at 7:38pm

anything relating to privacy laws and obummer will result in freedom loss. PERIOD !!!

Comment by Andrew Rabbitt on July 23, 2014 at 8:04pm

The idea of executive orders is straight out of dictatorship 101

Comment by Harry on July 23, 2014 at 10:44pm

Told ya the Commerce Dept.  If they acknowledge and yield to the right of an individual to make a buck with an aerial camera, then great they can stick around a little longer.  If all they want is more income, the people still reserve the right to dispose of a tyrant.

Comment by benbojangles on July 24, 2014 at 12:01am

Edward Snowden....

Comment by Pedals2Paddles on July 24, 2014 at 4:20am

Before everyone has a heart attack, focus.  This is an executive order to do nothing of any actual merit (shocking isn't it).  He is ordering the NTIA to think about it and make some voluntary guidelines.  Not rules.  Not laws.  Not policies.  In other words, nothing but talk.  Which is really all that matters to a politicians.  Saying things that voters hear.  Actually doing is irrelevant. This is nothing but political babble to justify someone's existence.

The order would put the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the Commerce Department, in charge of developing the guidelines. NTIA would bring together companies and consumer groups to hammer out a series of voluntary best practices for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Comment by James Daniel on July 24, 2014 at 5:51am

Yes we must wait until our king issues his edict to see what it will entail,

Comment by mP1 on July 24, 2014 at 6:01am

Good old American government, trying to find more ways to give business to the military contractors, who never seem to have any hurdles w/ regulation or budgets.


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Comment by AKRCGUY on July 24, 2014 at 7:46am

If they come for our quads, they'll get the prop guards first!....:)

Comment by DG on July 24, 2014 at 8:34am

He has a pen and a phone

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