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House Approves Amendment to Defense Spending Bill to Limit Defense Drones Surveillance

The House of Representatives has approved an amendment, introduced by Congressman Landry (R-LA), to the National Defense Authorization Act to prohibit information collected by Department of Defense drones without a warrant from being used as evidence in court. New legislation requires the Federal Aviation Administration to develop rules governing the operation of drones in the U.S. National Airspace. Shortly after passage, EPIC, joined by over 100 organizations, experts, and members of the public, submitted a petition to the FAA requesting a public rulemaking on the privacy impact of drone use in US airspace. The petition is still pending with the agency. For more information, see EPIC: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Drones.

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