The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit research center, is suing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for ‘[failing] to establish privacy rules for commercial drones as mandated by Congress.’
EPIC claims that in the FAA’s February notice of proposed rulemaking for small commercial drone operations, the agency “purposefully ignored privacy concerns, stating that privacy ‘issues are beyond the scope of this rulemaking.'”
EPIC says that in 2012, it and over 100 other entities “urged the federal agency to establish privacy protections prior to the deployment of commercial drones in the United States.”
According to the group, the petition was “denied” by the FAA, which said there was no “immediate safety concern.”
EPIC says the FAA has still not come up with what Congress requested: a “comprehensive plan” for drone operations in the U.S.
EPIC’s full suit against the FAA can be accessed here.