The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the organization representing drone manufacturers and operators, has released an Industry "Code of Conduct". Compliance with the guidelines is both voluntary and not enforceable. The association acknowledges that invasive drone surveillance technology poses a risk to the public, and specifically tasked users to "respect the privacy of individuals." In February, 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 U.S. airspace. The Agency has not yet responded or addressed these concerns. For more information, see EPIC: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Drones.
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Jerry Kang and Alan Butler