If the FAA were serious about privacy, “you would not have placed tiny brief in our newspaper and devised this circuitous response scheme,” later blasting the FAA’s refusal to use the term “drone,” to describe the aircraft. “A drone is a drone,”

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When it comes to allowing drones to fly over US soil, Americans are of two minds: embrace domestic drones for such uses as crop dusting, high wire inspection, search and rescue, and border security, or run screaming and seek shelter from the surveillance state in the sky. Those dueling views were on display April 3, 2013during a “public engagement session” hosted online by the US Federal Aviation Administration to gather input from citizens on the coming swarm.

The two-hour long livestreamed conference call was open to any member of the US public to participate, providing citizens another opportunity to comment on the agency’s newly proposed privacy policy on drones. But it quickly devolved into a massive venting session for and against the FAA’s proposed drone privacy policy, and drones themselves. Many callers complained they couldn’t even find the draft privacy policy document online.

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