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It's not clear when the president will issue it

Privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace are in the works as U.S. President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order.

According to a new report from Politico, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will be responsible for creating the guidelines. It will do so by taking suggestions from companies and consumer groups.

“We don’t have any details to share at this time, but there is an inter-agency process underway,” said White House spokesman Ned Price.

Some privacy concerns surrounding these unmanned aerial vehicles are the kinds of data and images they can collect, and also whether they'll be peeking into people's windows or lurking around in backyards. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for making the formal rules for the drones in U.S. airspace, but these rules haven't addressed any privacy issues -- which the FAA has been criticized for.


The FAA hasn't had an easy time with commercial drones this year. In March, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) administration law judge found that the FAA shouldn’t have fined a man $10,000 because his drone was no different than a model aircraft. 
 
However, after that ruling was handed down, the FAA issued its first commercial license for unmanned aerial vehicles in June. 
 
No specific date has been set for when the President will issue the executive order.

Source: Politico





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