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FAA Publishes Final Rule for Operating Drones Over People

The Federal Aviation Administration published the final rule for the operation of drones over people.

The rule allows drones to operate over people without first obtaining a waiver to do so. The drone must meet certain requirements (e.g. the drone can’t have exposed rotating blades) and the rule doesn’t generally allow sustained flight over large gatherings of people outside.

Source: FAA Publishes Final Rule for Operating Drones Over People

Alphabet unit Wing blasts new U.S. drone ID rule, citing privacy

Alphabet Inc’s drone delivery unit Wing criticized Trump administration rules issued this week mandating broadcast-based remote identification of drones, saying they should be revised to allow for internet-based tracking.

On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued rules that will allow small drones to fly over people and at night in the United States and mandate remote identification technology for nearly all drones.

Source: Alphabet unit Wing blasts new U.S. drone ID rule, citing privacy | Reuters

Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves

The latest drone technology — mirroring technology that powers self-driving cars — has the power to transform everyday policing, just as it can transform package delivery, building inspections and military reconnaissance.

Rather than spending tens of millions of dollars on large helicopters and pilots, even small police forces could operate tiny autonomous drones for a relative pittance.

That newfound automation, however, raises civil liberties concerns, especially as drones gain the power to track vehicles and people automatically. As the police use more drones, they could collect and store more video of life in the city, which could remove any expectation of privacy once you leave the home.

Full article: Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves – The New York Times

San Diego Plans for Military-Grade Drone to Catch Speeding Drivers

San Diego was supposed to be the site this year of a major drone project intended to show off the civilian capabilities of military-grade technology for monitoring things like wildfires and infrastructure. The players involved in the test flight obscured its other purpose: catching drivers who speed.

Office of Homeland Security had been supportive of General Atomics, a local defense contractor, in its attempt to open the skies above San Diego to new forms of surveillance.

Source: San Diego Kept Quiet on Plans for Military-Grade Drone to Catch Speeding Drivers — Voice of San Diego

Italian police can now use drones to monitor people’s movements

Italy has said police may use drones to monitor movement in order to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

The National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) authorized the use of drones to monitor the movements of citizens in municipal areas to ensure the containment of the epidemiological emergency, ENAC said Monday in a letter published on its official website.

Source: March 24 coronavirus news – CNN

Amid privacy backlash, China’s DJI unveils drone-to-phone tracking

China’s DJI, the world’s largest commercial drone maker, said it is developing technology that would allow the public to track the registrations of drones in flight using just a smartphone, amid a broader industry push to make such data available.

The push for remote identification technology comes amid regulatory calls for greater oversight of drone flight, on fears that untraceable, unmanned aircraft could be used for spying or accidentally disrupt commercial flights.

Source: Amid privacy backlash, China’s DJI unveils drone-to-phone tracking – Reuters

Davos develops drone regulation how-to for governments

At its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum launched what it’s calling the Advanced Drone Operator’s Toolkit.

While that may sound like a development package for drone nerds, it’s actually a set of guidelines, recommendations, and lessons-learned for governments looking to roll out commercial drone operations.

Source: Davos develops drone regulation how-to for governments (and the FAA should pay attention) | ZDNet

EU ministers to consider proposals on drone safety standards

On Tuesday, the European Parliament agreed draft regulations to create EU standards for manufacturers which must now be put before EU member states ministers for approval.

Maximum altitude and distance limits for drone flights will be set, alongside additional safety features, common certification and training rules. The draft EU rules are designed to be proportionate to the risk posed by drone flights. Privacy and data protection rights must be safeguarded and drone operators should have sufficient training to fly.

Source: EU ministers to consider proposals on drone safety standards

The Next Frontier of Police Surveillance Is Drones

A major drone company DJI and a major police-camera company Axon are teaming up, and the possibilities are frightening. The devices will be linked to Axon’s cloud-based database for law enforcement, Evidence.com, which is used to process body-camera data too. And it could open a vast new frontier for police surveillance.

Source: Axon and DJI are teaming up to make surveillance drones, and the possibilities are frightening.

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