White House plans to issue executive order on drone privacy
Reports suggest that the Obama administration is contemplating to issue an executive order to formulate privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in US airspace.
The executive order puts the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an arm of the Commerce Department, in charge of developing the guidelines. So one of the most contentious subjects, privacy violations and commercial usage of drones, might take a new shape. NTIA would bring together companies and consumer groups to hammer out a series of voluntary best practices for unmanned aerial vehicles.
Currently, the Federal Aviation Authority is working on developing a set of concrete regulations for the commercial usage of drones.
While there is no clarity yet when the executive order might be proposed or announced, the FAA has been constantly urged by the US government to issue a rule on small commercial drone use by the end of the year.
The Congress has set a September 2015 deadline for the agency to safely integrate drones into the nation’s airspace.