As policy-makers consider whether to regulate drones, I hope they first will examine whether existing laws already address the privacy concerns. As I explained in a February article for The Privacy Advisor, common-law torts such as intrusion upon seclusion, public disclosure of private facts, trespass and nuisance already may deter drone operators from violating individuals’ privacy.
This is important, but it does not mean the FAA is going to stop what they are doing until there are regulations.
Greg McNeal with a good look at how laws already on the books deal with drone pilots doing dumb things.
To my knowledge, today is the first we’ve known publicly of the FAA issuing subpoenas. - MW
Journalists need to get a seat at the table on developing drone regulations, and quickly.
Drone labber Daniel Wheaton, interning with Scripps Howard this summer, reports from a National Press Club gathering about drones.
The New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, and other major news companies come out in favor of using drones to gather news.
Read the summary, and read the brief.
April 15, 2014 at 3:20pm
You can’t watch this video without seeing the potential to tell stories in ways we couldn’t without small UAVs to get perspectives. The video was shot by Ben Kreimer using a DJI Phantom.
April 14, 2014 at 12:29pm
A follow-up on the drone-injures-athlete story from Australia
If you didn’t hear, a small camera drone crashed into an athlete at a triathlon in Australia. The operator claims it was hacked. The Australian civil aviation authority, CASA is investigating.
But one thing to note here: The list of CASA approved drone operators is public. Missing from that list: New Era Ag Tech, the owner of the drone.
Warren Abrams, the owner of New Era Ag Tech, told Australia’s Fairfax Media that he held a license to fly, but would not say whether his company had one.
Licensing, and people who choose to ignore licensing, will be a major issue in the coming years across the globe.