EPIC to Argue before Federal Appeals Court for Drone Privacy Rules

EPIC President Marc Rotenberg will argue EPIC v. FAA before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on February 10, 2016. EPIC, joined by more than 100 groups and experts, petitioned the agency to conduct a public rule-making on the privacy impact of increased drone deployment in the United States. The FAA acknowledged the importance of privacy and responded in November 2014 that it would undertake the rulemaking. But in early 2015, the agency reversed course and announced it would not establish privacy safeguards for commercial drones. As of February 5, 2016, the agency has granted more than 3,300 waivers to drone operators who lack certification to demonstrate airworthiness.

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