EPIC FOIA - Secret Drone Task Force Records Disclosed

In response to EPIC's FOIA lawsuit, the Department of Transportation has released the minutes of a secret meeting  of the FAA drone task force. The task force included industry groups such as GoogleX, Amazon, and DJI, but consumer groups and privacy advocates were excluded from the hastily created advisory committee. The documents shed light on the secret meetings held last November. Several participants warned about privacy risks in drone deployment. The minutes also stated, "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]." EPIC has urged the agency to do more to safeguard the public, and in EPIC v. FAA, challenged the FAA's failure to establish privacy regulations for drones.

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