DHS Issues Process and Privacy Guidance for State and Local Agencies’ Use of Drones

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) working group has released guidance for state and local agencies using drone aircraft. The document, Best Practices for Protecting Privacy, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties In Unmanned Aircraft Systems Programs, addresses concerns over the implications of high-tech tools that, without rigorous controls and oversight embedded in law and embodied in code, can easily be abused.

The DHS guidance suggests limits on how drones collect data, how the data used, how long it is retained, and to whom and for what purposes it is disseminated. The working group even calls for accountability when data from drones is used improperly and addresses two contexts in which that has unfortunately recurred.

The full report is available at https://goo.gl/Qmr1vr. A short overview is available on the Electronic Frontier Foundation web site at https://goo.gl/PSN3Tw.

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