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Monday, November 24th, 2014

Exploring the Issues of Drones and Privacy

Fears are often illogical, but their promotion can convert them to legal realities. Is there reason to fear drones? Can they snoop, maim and kill? Yes, to the extent that guns, cars and planes can. However, we have learned to live with those deadly devices. Are these devices useful? Did we stop buying guns and

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Brookings Weighs in on Civilian Drones, Privacy and the Federal-State Balance

Some say the federal government should be principally responsible for regulating drones,1 nongovernmental actors, and privacy; others have suggested a blended approach, with states taking center stage and the national government cast in a supporting role. This essay takes essentially the latter position. As drones are folded further into American airspace, states should take the

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Sensors Everywhere Could Mean Privacy Nowhere, Expert Says

Just as we are coming to grips with having less privacy in our lives thanks to the Internet, a new use of the technology is poised to present new questions about security and privacy – and create a new threat to society.

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Is there any progress on location privacy protection?

There has long been a call for some safeguards for location privacy, not only to put some checks on the surveillant state, but also to curb some of the bold uses that marketers are making with our data. There are many examples of corporate and government abuses of our location privacy, and they only seem

Friday, July 25th, 2014

President Obama to Issue Executive Order on Drone Privacy

President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace, POLITICO has learned. The order would put the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the Commerce Department, in charge of developing the guidelines. NTIA would bring together companies and consumer groups to hammer

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Skybox: Google Maps Goes Real-time

When planning a road trip or buying a new house, it has become routine to scope out the area on Google Maps. But what if the images you found weren’t blurry, dated snapshots – but live and crystal clear? You could search for traffic jams 50 miles ahead while driving down the motorway – or

Monday, February 4th, 2013

New Report Examines Legal Issues of Drones in Domestic Airspace

The Congressional Research Service has recently concluded a report regarding the legal issues of integrating drones into the domestic airspace.

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Lawmakers Aim to Limit Drones and Safeguard Privacy

A drone, no bigger than a toy airplane, hovered north of the Texas Capitol, floating over the heads of lawmakers who were momentarily distracted from their morning meetings. Several of them gathered beneath it, faces tilted skyward, marveling over a pair of goggles that allowed them to watch live video of the craft’s panoramic bird’s-eye view. But