Drones and Domestic Surveillance



FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Pub. Law 112-95

Unmanned Aircraft System Test Sites, Proposed Rule and Public Comments

FAA Advisory Circular 91-57

FAA Memorandum on Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations in the U.S. National Airspace System – Interim Operational Approval Guidance

FAA Fact Sheet – Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Operational Limitations for Experimental Certificates, 14 C.F.R. 91.319

H.R. 6676 Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act (112th Cong.)

H.R. 6449 Air Travelers' Bill of Rights Act of 2012 (112th Cong.)

S. 3287 Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2012 (112th Cong.)

H.R. 5925 Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2012 (112th Cong.)

S.B. 92 Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act (FL)

H.B. 46 Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act (MO)


EPIC: Administrative Procedure Act Petition to the FAA

AUVSI: The Benefits of Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Saving Time, Saving Money, Saving Lives

AUVSI: Unmanned Aircraft System Operations Industry Code of Conduct

International Association of Chiefs of Police: Recommended Guidelines for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft

EFF: FAA Releases Lists of Drone Certificates

Rutherford Institute: Letter to Congress on Model State Legislation to Protect Privacy in the Age of Drone Technology

MuckRock: Drone Watch

Press Release: Congressman Poe on H.R. 6199

Press Release: Senator Schumer Sends Letter to Apple and Google

Press Release: Congressman McKeon, Drone Caucus Send Letter to FAA

Letter from FAA to Congressman McKeon, Drone Caucus

Letter from Aviation Groups to FAA

Academic and Technical Reports:

Stanford Law Review: the Drone as a Privacy Catalyst (M. Ryan Calo)

Minnesota Law Review: Technological Leap, Statutory Gap, and Constitutional Abyss: Remote Biometric Identification Comes of Age (Prof. Laura K. Donahue)

Congressional Research Service: Drones in Domestic Surveillance Operations: Fourth Amendment Implications and Legislative Responses

Congressional Research Service: Pilotless Drones: Background and Considerations for Congress Regarding Unmanned Aircraft Operations in the National Airspace

Government Accountability Office: Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Federal Actions Needed to Ensure Safety and Expand Their Potential Uses Within the National Airspace System

Government Accountability Office: Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Measuring Progress and Addressing Potential Privacy Concerns Would Facilitate Integration into the National Airspace System

News Stories:

New York Times: Freeway Drones for a Futuristic Highway Patrol (Nov. 21, 2012)

Secrecy News: Senate: Drones Need to Operate "Freely and Routinely" in U.S. (June 8, 2012)

The Atlantic: Don't Let John Yoo Talk You Into Domestic Drone Use by Police (May 25, 2012)

Forbes: A Primer on Domestic Drones: Legal, Policy, and Privacy Implications (April 10, 2012)

Wired: Drones, Dogs, and the Future of Privacy (March 8, 2012)

New York Times: Drones Set Sights on U.S. Skies (February 17, 2012)

Los Angeles Times: Police Employ Predator Plane Spy Drones on Home Front (December 10, 2011)

Wired: U.S. Drones Are Now Sniffing Mexican Drugs (March 16, 2011)