Commercial Drone Privacy Laws May Face Legal Challenges

Law360, New York (January 13, 2014, 6:32 PM EST) -- Unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, are expected to revolutionize the way companies deliver packages to their customers. Some also imagine these small aircrafts delivering pizzas to a customer’s home or nachos to a fan at a ballgame. Researchers are even investigating the possibility of using drones to assist farmers with monitoring their crops. As discussed further below, however, certain privacy laws may curtail use of commercial drones. And we may see constitutional challenges to these laws.

It is expected that state privacy laws will largely govern use of commercial drones. The Federal Aviation Administration is the agency charged by...

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