• Markey asks for privacy in domestic drone bill


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- U.S. Rep. Ed Markey has introduced legislation designed to make government agencies disclose exactly what they'd be using drones that are flown over domestic territory for.

    Markey's amendment to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 would require any agencies who are applying for drone operating licenses to disclose what kind of data would be collected, who would be flying the drone, where it would be flying and how the information collected would be used.

    "Drones should be used in accordance with privacy principles that protect Americans from unlawful surveillance and searches without their knowledge or permission," said Rep. Markey. "The Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act will ensure strong personal privacy protections and public transparency measures are in place at the beginning of the use of this new technology, not as an afterthought."

    Pres. Obama signed the act, which encourages the use of unmanned aircraft in U.S. airspace, in February.

    A statement from Markey's office said, "While there are many beneficial uses of drones - from spotting wildfires to assessing natural disasters - there is also the potential for misuse and invasive surveillance of daily activities."

    Markey is co-chair of the Congressional Privacy Caucus.


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