Law Enforcement and Surveillance

The Trump administration is introducing legislation that would allow the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to intercept drones that pose a threat “to the safety or security of a covered facility or asset.”  The legislation is necessary because intercepting a drone would involve interfering with electronic communications in violation of the

Drone laws today are confusing.  Looking around the country we see that many states and cities have passed their own laws and regulations to ban or restrict the use of drones.  For example, in Texas, Texas Government Code Section 423 provides that an individual commits an offense if they use a drone to “capture an

While drones have been used to capture breathtaking and heartbreaking images of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath,  the FAA has issued a warning to drone operators.

The FAA has issued reminders that unless drone operators have specific authorization from the FAA, they are not permitted to operate where Temporary Flight Restrictions (“TFR”) are in place.  

There is no doubt that drones are going to drastically improve our lives. Drones are already being used to deliver medical supplies in third-world countries, survey land, film live events, assist police in investigations and surveillance, inspect tall buildings and other large structures, among other things. But, these advances in technology will come with a

The focus of this blog has been legal and policy issues regarding the civilian operation of drones. However, it is easy to forget that just a few short years ago, if you asked the person on the street the first thing to come mind if they heard the word “drone”, the vast majority would have

Bewildered and fatigued, he lay there underneath the extirpated munitions shed. The mound of rubble around him blackened and scarred, swirled with smoke. The blast from the RPG had rattled him, but as he struggled to gain his composure, he was greeted with a heightened sense of his surroundings and an uncanny calmness. A cool

As the popularity of drone use continues to increase, it directly impacts the privacy and safety of those at the ground level. In a recent case, Boggs v. Merideth, a drone operator sued his neighbor for shooting down his drone. As a result, several issues pertaining to the boundaries of “navigable airspace” and how

It was just past noon on a clear February day as Delta Air Lines Flight 1159 descended to 3,000 feet on final approach to Los Angeles International Airport. The first officer was about to radio air traffic control for landing instructions when an unidentified object slightly ahead of the Boeing 757 jet caught his eye.

In a much-anticipated announcement, an FAA-created task force, with input from drone industry leaders, issued to the FAA their recommendations for the creation of a registration process for small drones used for commercial and recreational purposes. It is anticipated that the FAA will adopt these recommendations and issue final rules requiring registration by mid-December through

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) recently submitted comments to the FAA regarding the soon to be announced registration program for drone hobbyists.  EPIC urged the FAA to consider both privacy and safety risks in developing the regulations which will form the framework for registration of all drones in the national airspace.

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EPIC noted its