FAA regulation of drones will challenge our privacy expectations

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In February, President Obama signed into law a reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that requires the agency -- on a fairly rapid schedule -- to write rules opening U.S. airspace to unmanned aerial vehicles. This puts the FAA at the center of a potentially dramatic set of policy changes that stand to usher in a long list of direct and indirect benefits. But the FAA is not a privacy agency. And although real privacy concerns have arisen about these aircraft, asking the agency to take on the role of privacy czar for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would be a mistake.

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