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U.S. Army Issues Memorandum Banning Use of DJI Products Due to Cybersecurity Issues

Last week, the U.S. Army issued a memorandum discontinuing the use of DJI drone products due to cybersecurity concerns. The memorandum said, “Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products, it is directed that the U.S. Army halt use of all DJI products. This guidance applies to all DJI UAS and any … Continue Reading

Does your organization’s new year’s resolution violate employee privacy?

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is a renewed commitment to health and fitness. Many employers also seek to update or introduce wellness programs at the beginning of the year with the goal of improving their employees’ health, which can lead to increased employee productivity and reduced group health care costs. Corporate wellness … Continue Reading

Center for Democracy and Technology proposes drone privacy best practices

The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) issued a set of best practices for private drone users, both in the commercial and non-commercial arenas. The CDT hopes to help individuals use drones safely while also encouraging them to respect others’ privacy. Some highlights from the CDT’s best practices include: All commercial drone operators should have … Continue Reading

Deck the halls with… lots of drones – just don’t forget to register them with the FAA

With an estimated 400,000 drones to be sold off the shelves this holiday season, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) task force recently released a list of recommendations for recreational drone use, which includes registering each drone with the FAA in a national database. While the FAA already has rules and regulations related to the use … Continue Reading

FAA’s commercial drone application process to be audited by the DOT

While by law, any aircraft operation in the national airspace requires a certificated and registered aircraft, a licensed pilot, and operational approval, § 33 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, permits the FAA to allow waivers for commercial drone use. On August 20, 2015 the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that … Continue Reading

Royal Navy Warship launches 3D Drone

University of Southampton engineers recently launched a 3D-printed unmanned aerial vehicle from a Royal Navy warship to show the potential use of lightweight drones during sea missions. The 3D drone weighed 3kg and had a wing-span of 1.5 meters. It was created on a 3D printer in four parts and was assembled without the use … Continue Reading

First meeting of drone privacy stakeholders; will it result in any privacy guidelines?

In a previous post, we discussed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed drone regulations, and now, on August 3, 2015, the first drone privacy stakeholder meeting ensued in Washington, D.C., led by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). NTIA director, John Verdi, told media that the goal of this first meeting was to develop … Continue Reading

Maryland Governor signs drone regulation bill into law

On May 13, 2015, Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan, signed the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Research, Development, Regulation and Privacy Act of 2015 into law. This new Maryland state drone Act gives the state government the exclusive power to regulate drone usage, and preempts municipalities and counties from supplying their own ordinances. The Act also requires … Continue Reading

Commercial UAS Modernization Act introduced to the Senate; we can’t wait for the FAA

On May 12, 2015, the Commercial UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems –i.e. drones) Modernization Act was introduced to the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security, which sets forth interim drone operating rules while the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalizes permanent regulations. Senator Cory Booker and Senator John Hoeven presented this bill to prevent the … Continue Reading

Over 4,400 comments on FAA’s proposed drone framework; Amazon wants less restrictions and more room for technological advancement

The comments period closed on April 24, 2015, for the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed drone framework and regulations, and there were over 4,400 comments submitted. Among those opposed to the limited scope of the proposed drone framework, Amazon.com Inc. (Amazon) said that the regulations were “overly prescriptive” and that the FAA should take a performance-based … Continue Reading

EPIC files suit against FAA for lackadaisical drone privacy regulations

On March 31, 2015, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a petition against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the D.C. Circuit court asking that the court review the FAA’s proposed rule on commercial drone use, which was released in February of this year, for its failure to include appropriate privacy safeguards. While the … Continue Reading

FAA approves Amazon’s second request to test its delivery drones in the skies

While Amazon.com Inc. (Amazon) did receive approval to fly its test drones from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) back in March of this year for its July 2014 request, that approval proved to be useless after Amazon updated its drone technology before receiving its first approval. The FAA’s drone approval process was conducted slower than … Continue Reading
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