Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., has called for stronger privacy protections to be enacted before the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration loosens rules around the use of commercial drones, Multichannel News reports. The FAA seeks to no longer require waivers for flights at night and over groups of people. Markey said Congress needs to act before the agency makes any alterations to drone guidelines. “Privacy cannot be an afterthought as the FAA seeks to make it easier and safer for commercial drones to take flight,” Markey said. “Drones have the capability to collect treasure troves of sensitive personal information using technologies like facial recognition and automated license plate readers, yet the FAA has failed to establish any baseline privacy protections, despite its obligation to integrate drones into the national airspace.”
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