From The Desk Of:
Subject Matter: Privacy Issues
For more than
five decades, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has
compiled a proven track record of introducing new technology and
aircraft safely into the National Airspace System (NAS).
recently, the agency has been working to ensure the safe
integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the NAS. The
FAA's sole mission and authority as it focuses on the
integration of unmanned aircraft systems is safety.
agency has achieved the first unmanned aircraft systems
milestone included in the 2012 FAA reauthorization –
streamlining the process for public agencies to safely fly UAS
in the nation’s airspace.
Rapid advances in technology have also led to the development and
increased use of unmanned aircraft. That technology is now making its way into
the hands of law enforcement officers nationwide.
We also live in a culture that is extremely sensitive to the
idea of preventing unnecessary government intrusion into any facet of our lives.
Personal rights are cherished and legally protected by the Constitution. Despite
their proven effectiveness, concerns about privacy threaten to overshadow the
benefits this technology promises to bring to public safety. From enhanced
officer safety by exposing unseen dangers, to finding those most vulnerable who
may have wandered away from their caregivers, the potential benefits are
irrefutable. However, privacy concerns are an issue that must be dealt with
effectively if a law enforcement agency expects the public to support the use of
UA by their police.
This new authorization for the domestic use of
drones has also been subject to discussion on Capitol Hill. Representative
Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced a draft bill seeking to tighten the
regulations on drone use for both the government and private companies.
The proposed Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act of 2012
requires that police obtain warrants to use drones for certain types of
“When it comes to privacy
protections for the American people, drones are flying blind,” Markey
stated, as quoted by the Huffington Post. “Drones are already flying in
US airspace – with thousands more to come – but with no privacy
protections or transparency measures in place.”
The Congressman said America was
entering a “brave new world” and stressed that a company should not be
allowed to make a profit out of selling consumer information obtained
through drone surveillance.
“Currently, there are no privacy
protections or guidelines and no way for the public to know who is
flying drones, where, and why,” Markey added. “The time to implement
privacy protections is now.”
The Aviation Committee
of the International Associations of Chiefs of Police has been involved
in the development of unmanned aircraft policy and regulations for
several years. The Committee recommended guidelines for use by any law
enforcement agency contemplating the use of unmanned aircraft.
We support the
Guidelines and the
proposed Drone Aircraft
Privacy and Transparency Act of 2012!
We hope that you do to!
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