Apr 102015
 April 10, 2015  Posted by  Court, Govt, Surveillance, U.S.

Patrick C. Miller reports:

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over its failure to establish privacy rules for commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) which the organization claims are mandated by Congress.

The lawsuit was filed March 31 in the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit against FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

However, Jonathan Rupprecht, an aviation attorney, commercial pilot and flight instructor in West Palm Beach, Florida, who specializes in UAS law, questions the rationale behind EPIC’s lawsuit.

“A pervert with a drone is just like the peeping Tom on foot,” he said. “The technology used in violating people’s privacy should not cause a spillover to regulating the whole industry or put obligations on the FAA,” Rupprecht said. “I don’t want the FAA regulating privacy.”

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