DC Circ. Grounds Battle Over Privacy In FAA Drone Rules

Law360 (June 19, 2018, 8:26 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit tossed a petition by the Electronic Privacy Information Center on Tuesday that sought to review small drone rules promulgated by the Federal Aviation Administration, finding the nonprofit lacked standing to mount a challenge over the exclusion of privacy safeguards.

The three-judge panel said in a unanimous decision that EPIC failed to show how its members or the organization itself would be injured by the rules — finalized in 2016 to allow for the commercial use of some small drones — and dismissed its petition claiming the FAA disregarded its congressional mandate in glossing over issues of privacy....

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