At the Federal Trade Commission's workshop on drones yesterday, industry, academics and advocates hashed it out over whether drones should be regulated differently from other technologies. Industry argued it's already mitigating privacy risks and the regulatory landscape should play out kind of like cell phones have, where consumers dictate the risk-based harms and models shift according to consumer expectations. Advocates argued there should be more transparency and consumers should know what's being done with the data being collected on them by drones. But some of the complications, both side agreed, include that it's not always easy for the public to tell who's actually watching them on a remotely operated drone and that notice and choice can be difficult given drones' unique, aerial nature. In this episode of the podcast, the Electronic Privacy and Information Center's Jeramie Scott and Margot Kaminski of Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law discuss whether notice and choice is actually possible with drones, why drones may or may not be different from other data-collection technologies, and what the term "the internet of other people's things" means.
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