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Without legislative action limiting aerial monitoring by unmanned aircraft, the privacy Americans have enjoyed in their movements and activities is threatened.
It is now likely that you will be advising clients within 12 months on how to safely and legally comply with new regulations governing unmanned aerial vehicles.
Balanced rules and policies that can be implemented consistently across all aerial data collection platforms, regardless of altitude, need to be developed.
Even nonaviation lawyers should keep up with developments regarding the FAA’s proposed new rules on drones.
Understanding the technical capabilities of an unmanned aircraft aids the legal practitioner in understanding the legal ramifications of the specific technology and provides a clearer picture of emerging legal challenges.
A good client calls you to ask if they should worry about the legal aspects of using a drone for photography. What do you say?
A column from this year’s Chair of the Section of Science & Technology Law on unmanned aerial vehicles.