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Radio News: Drone registry panel lacks privacy advocates

Nov 02, 2015 6:28 pm
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Justin Peters in Slate magazine reports that the Federal Aviation Administration has names the 26-member panel that will decide the rules of registering radio-controlled drones in the United States. And not one of the folks on the panel is a proponent of civil liberties, or privacy advocates. Sure, there are representatives from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Aerospace Industries Association, dronemakers DJI and Parrot, online retailers Google and Amazon, and big-box retailers Best Buy and Walmart. “I think it’s not obvious to the FAA that civil liberties groups should be involved, because the FAA largely understands itself as having to balance a safety mandate against restricting innovation,” Ohio State University law professor Margot Kaminski said. “The makeup of this list reflects that framing."