FAA Sued Over Lack Of Privacy Controls In Final Drone Rule

By Daniel Wilson (August 23, 2016, 7:04 PM EDT) -- The Electronic Privacy Information Center is challenging the Federal Aviation Administration's final rule covering the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, in the D.C. Circuit, it announced Tuesday, saying the rule doesn't include adequate safeguards for privacy.

The FAA's June final rule, intended to allow for certain commercial uses of small drones weighing up to 55 pounds, should be found unlawful because it does not include privacy protections, EPIC argued in its petition for review, filed on Monday.

"The FAA has previously recognized [privacy regulations] as an important part of UAS integration," EPIC said.

The suit is not...

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