ACLU: Domestic drones create ‘unavoidable privacy concerns’

droneThe American Civil Liberties Union is pushing for the Federal Aviation Administration to address the “unavoidable privacy concerns” that stem from the domestic use of drones.

Commercial and academic institutions are anticipating that future use of drones — or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), as they are called by the industry and the government — in civilian airspace could be a significant economic and scientific innovation.

However, privacy and civil liberties advocates like the ACLU have expressed concerns about how the use of UAS by domestic law enforcement agencies might infringe upon Fourth Amendment privacy rights.

The FAA, which is set to establish six UAS test sites around the country for the next five years, began soliciting comments from the public in February on its proposed approach to address privacy concerns about the …

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