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States To Steer Drone Privacy After DC Circ. FAA Ruling

Law360 (June 21, 2018, 8:15 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit’s dismissal of the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s bid to force the Federal Aviation Administration to address privacy concerns in its commercial small-drone rule signals that state and local governments will assume most of the responsibility for tackling privacy protections for drone use, attorneys say.

The Washington, D.C.-based privacy advocacy group was dealt a setback Tuesday when the appeals court ruled it didn’t have standing to challenge the FAA’s refusal to address privacy issues as part of its rulemaking for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones. The FAA in June 2016 finalized the rule, known as...

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