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Sen. Markey Calls for Tough Drone Privacy Rules

(AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff's Unmanned Operations Team)

(AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff’s Unmanned Operations Team)

BOSTON (AP) — Sen. Edward Markey is calling for tougher federal privacy protections from surveillance by drones.

The Massachusetts Democrat pointed to the Federal Aviation Administration’s release of a new five-year roadmap for regulating the unmanned aircraft in the U.S.

The road map only addresses privacy related to the use of drones at six test sites, which are yet to be selected.

Markey said that’s not good enough and that the FAA’s plan “falls far short of putting in place the necessary privacy protections for the commercialization of drone use in U.S. airspace.”

Markey is pushing legislation to ban the FAA from issuing drone licenses without strict rules on what kind of data can be collected and how it can be used.

Markey is a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee which has jurisdiction over the FAA.


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