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EPIC to Congress: Protect Privacy Against Drone Surveillance

EPIC [1]
Nov 6, 2012

EPIC participated in a Congressional Hearing on the Impact of Domestic Drone Use Technology on Privacy and Constitutional Rights of All Americans [2], held at Rice University [3] in Houston, Texas.

Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) [4], sponsor of H.R. 6449: Air Travelers’ Bill of Rights Act of 2012 [5], convened the hearing. Joining Congressman Poe were Representatives Michael McCaul (R-TX), Hank Johnson (D-GA), and Sandy Adams (R-FL).

EPIC’s Amie Stepanovichtestified [6] on the need for specific laws to limit drone surveillance in the United States. In a prepared statement [7], EPIC recommended a warrant requirement for drone surveillance by police as well as data use limitations, and transparency obligations for drone operators.

In February, EPIC, joined by over 100 organizations, experts, and members of the public, petitioned [8] the FAA to begin a rule making on the privacy impact of drone use. The Agency has not yet responded to the EPIC Petition.

For more information, see EPIC: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Drones [9].