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NTIA Calls for Comments on UAS Privacy Practices

By Juliet Van Wagenen | March 5, 2015
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[Avionics Today 03-05-2015] The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking comment on a new multistakeholder process aimed at developing privacy best practices for the commercial and private use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

The call for comment follows a Presidential Memorandum released Feb. 15 in which the White House called on NTIA to convene stakeholders to develop best practices that would enhance privacy, accountability and transparency related to the commercial use of UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS). The public is invited to submit suggestions concerning the privacy, safety and other issues that NTIA will discuss in 90 days time.

“UAS have the potential to offer benefits in fields as diverse as urban infrastructure management, farming and disaster response,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling. “This multistakeholder process aims to address privacy concerns with some potential uses of UAS while ensuring the United States maintains its leadership and promotes innovation in this growing industry.”

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