FAA Reauthorization Grounds Drone Privacy Safeguards

Shortly before adjourning, Congress passed the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 without drone privacy provisions authored by Senator Markey, included in the original legislation. Senator Markey said "Now is the time to prevent these eyes in the skies from becoming spies in the skies." EPIC urged Congress and the FAA to establish limits on drone surveillance. In EPIC v. FAA, EPIC challenged the FAA's failure to establish drone privacy regulations following a petition endorsed by more than 100 experts and organizations. EPIC's proposal to require remote identification of drones was incorporated in the legislation enacted by Congress.


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