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Angela Simpson: NTIA Aims to Develop UAS Privacy, Transparency Guidelines

droneThe National Telecommunications and Information Administration plans to collaborate with industry, academic organizations and the general public to develop guidance for commercial and private use of unmanned aircraft systems.

Angela Simpson, NTIA deputy assistant secretary for communications and information, wrote in a July 13 blog post the agency seeks to help promote UAS innovation and address the public’s concerns about civilian drone operation.

“We are looking forward to applying our experiences promoting multistakeholder policymaking in the Internet governance and privacy arenas to this effort to craft best practices for privacy, transparency and accountability regarding UAS,” she said.

Simpson noted the agency collected more than 50 inputs in April and will hold a forum on Aug. 3 to identify potential drone utilization strategies.

She believes the aircraft platform can aid in data gathering, agribusiness, product delivery and remote Internet accessibility.

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