“Domestic surveillance drones pose a serious threat to personal privacy and raise significant constitutional concerns that must be addressed before drones take flight. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers supports Senator Markey’s bill as an important first step towards transparency and accountability in future drone use.”

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Press Release of Senator Markey

Markey Introduces Legislation to Promote Transparency, Privacy for Commercial and Government Drone Use

Monday, November 4, 2013

Contact: Giselle Barry (Markey) 202-224-2742

FAA recently gathered public comment on drone privacy policies

Washington (November 4, 2013) – With the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continuing its development of rules governing operation of tens of thousands of domestic drones expected in American airspace in the coming years, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced legislation to ensure standards for informing the public about the location, timing and ownership of unmanned aerial vehicles (i.e., “drones”).  Sen. Markey’s legislation also establishes safeguards to protect the privacy of individuals from expanded use of commercial and government drones. The Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act will require privacy protection provisions relating to data collection and minimization, disclosure, warrant requirements for law enforcement, and enforcement measures in the licensing and operation of drones. In…

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