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Angela Simpson: NTIA Unveils Best Practices for Commercial, Private Use of Drones

droneThe Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration has released a document that lists five voluntary best practices for the commercial and private use of unmanned aircraft systems.

Angela Simpson, deputy assistant secretary for communications and information at NTIA, wrote in a blog entry posted Thursday that NTIA collaborated with industry, trade groups and other stakeholders to develop the guidelines that seek to address transparency, accountability and privacy issues related to UAS.

The guidelines call for drone users to notify other individuals of UAS use and data collection activities, practice caution when it comes to collection and storage of data of specific individuals, restrict use and sharing of such data, implement measures to ensure security of covered data as well as comply with laws on the use of drones.

According to the document, the best practices do not apply to news organizations as well as to safety and rescue missions and other emergency response efforts.

The document also contains guidelines for recreational drone operators.

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