Court Rules EPIC Must Wait to Challenge Missing Drone Privacy Rules

The federal appeals court in Washington, DC ruled today that EPIC’s suit against the Federal Aviation Administration must be set aside because the agency has not yet finalized the rules for drone operations in the United States. EPIC previously filed suit against the FAA after more than 100 groups and experts petitioned the agency to conduct a rulemaking on drone privacy. The FAA has repeatedly acknowledged the need to address privacy in drone operations, but has so far refused to adopt any privacy rules. In a related case, EPIC recently uncovered the minutes of a secret FAA drone task force. According to one of the participants, the “Current state of non-regulation negatively affects the public perception of drones. There is no regulatory recourse for anyone who is negatively affected by a small UAV [drones]."

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