The Regulation of Private-Sector Drones

The privacy implications of drones continue to raise concern around the country. Since the ACLU's 2011 report and before, we have been warning about the potential privacy implications of this technology. Mainly, we've focused on the danger that they will be used in systems of mass suspicionless surveillance of entire cities and towns. But there is also a lot of discussion around the country—and some actual legislative efforts—to regulate private-sector drones.

While private drones do definitely raise privacy issues, they are a separate set of issues, and we have not called for any privacy regulation of private drones at this time. Click here to read a blog post on this issue by Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project.