Europe is getting ready for drones: Parliament’s resolution and Commission’ s Aviation Strategy with policy proposals

On October 29, 2015, the European Parliament approved a resolution on the safe use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) in the field of civil aviation. As flying drones for commercial services and recreational use becomes even more popular, the European Parliament calls for a legal European framework ensuring that they pose no threat to […]

Germany to issue new rules for non-military drones

On November 2015, the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure proposed new rules for non-military drones’ flights. According to the press release (in German here), drones are becoming a mass phenomenon but their use is not sufficiently regulated to address public safety. The Minister plans on redefining the use of unmanned aircraft system […]

Non Military Drones: a bird’s eye overview of legal sources

Non Military Drones Legislation, Case Law, Articles, and Useful Links (2015-2014) 1) Legislation 1.A) Federal UAS Regulation (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) – FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Regulations & Policies – On February 15, 2015, the FAA released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for small, unmanned aircraft – On February 13, 2013 the FAA issued comprehensive guidance on […]

Civil use of drones and privacy – WP29 issues Opinion 01/2015 on Privacy and Data Protection Issues relating to the Utilisation of Drones

On June 16, 2015, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) adopted an opinion on the utilization of drones for all civil purposes. According to WP29, several privacy risks may arise in relation to the processing of data carried out by the equipment on-board a drone. “Such risks can range from a lack of transparency of […]

Japan discusses new privacy laws

The Japanese Government has been discussing about extensive reforms in the data protection field. The ongoing topics concern the use of anonymous data, EU adequacy, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross Border Privacy Rules and drones, as well as the establishment of an independent Data protection authority. More information is available at http://www.privacylaws.com…, http://www.hldataprotection.com…, and at http://cacm.acm.org… Follow […]

Washington state to protect citizens’ privacy from drones

On January 29, 2015, the House Technology & Economic Development Committee passed Bill 1093 which prohibits flying drones onto someone’s private property and record them without their consent. “The legislature intends to protect personal privacy by prohibiting the use of unmanned aircraft equipped with sensing devices that collect personal information, including images of individuals on […]