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U.S. Navy first to launch and recover underwater drone in military operation

We have been watching the growth of drones in the sky and the FAA and states’ attempts to regulate them. Now we will start watching the growth of underwater drones. The USS North Dakota submarine sailed into Groton,...more

National Companies Considering Commercial Drones Must Consider State Privacy Laws

On Feb. 15, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed a regulatory framework applicable to small commercial drones, or unmanned aircraft systems, meaning those weighing less than 55 pounds. The comment period on this...more

CPUC Judge Finds Uber in Contempt, Threatens Suspension of Service

Uber may have to suspend service in California and pay a $7.3 million fine as a penalty for withholding information from state regulators, according to a ruling this week by a CPUC administrative law judge. The decision found...more

Cleared for Takeoff: Do You Need FCC Permission to Operate that Drone?

In recent years, the drone industry has proliferated, enjoying exponential growth in popularity and technological sophistication. Drone technology available to the general public has become increasingly advanced. Now, drones...more

Mountain High Aviation receives approval from FAA to fly wildlife monitoring drones

On May 28, 2015, Mountain High Aviation LLC (MHA) received the okay from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly its drones in U.S. airspace under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act. MHA is a wildlife monitoring...more

DOJ releases guidelines on drone operation by federal law enforcement

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) published guidelines for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or, as more commonly called, drones, by federal law enforcement. Currently, the FBI is the only agency using...more

Florida drone bill passed into law, more concerns raised about its restrictions

At the end of April, we posted on the passing of S.B. 766 through the Florida State legislature, and now on May 14, 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed into law the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, in the State of...more

Maryland Governor signs drone regulation bill into law

On May 13, 2015, Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan, signed the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Research, Development, Regulation and Privacy Act of 2015 into law. This new Maryland state drone Act gives the state government the...more

Commercial UAS Modernization Act introduced to the Senate; we can’t wait for the FAA

On May 12, 2015, the Commercial UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems –i.e. drones) Modernization Act was introduced to the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security, which sets forth interim drone operating...more

Shifting Landscapes: Regulatory Challenges Stemming from Emerging Technologies

In the modern era, the world moves fast—aided by technology that is constantly evolving and changing our relationships with each other and with the world around us. Technological developments challenge state and local...more

Florida Passes Drone Surveillance Bill To Protect Personal Privacy

On April 28, 2015, the Florida State Legislature passed SB 766, or better known as the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, which permits commercial drone use, but bans the use of drones for the surveillance of private...more

FAA Proposes Framework of Regulations For Small-Scale Commercial Drones

On Feb. 15 the Federal Aviation Administration released its long-awaited proposed framework for regulating small-scale commercial drones, which weigh less than 55 pounds.1 In its proposal, the FAA made explicitly clear that...more

Over 4,400 comments on FAA’s proposed drone framework; Amazon wants less restrictions and more room for technological advancement

The comments period closed on April 24, 2015, for the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed drone framework and regulations, and there were over 4,400 comments submitted. Among those opposed to the limited scope of the...more

FAA approves Amazon’s second request to test its delivery drones in the skies

While Amazon.com Inc. (Amazon) did receive approval to fly its test drones from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) back in March of this year for its July 2014 request, that approval proved to be useless after Amazon...more

EPIC files suit against FAA for lackadaisical drone privacy regulations

On March 31, 2015, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a petition against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the D.C. Circuit court asking that the court review the FAA’s proposed rule on...more

FAA Streamlines Section 333 Exemption Process for Commercial UAS Operations - Summary Grant Process Increases Approved...

In response to pressure from Congress and the high demand for exemptions to use unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for commercial purposes, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has streamlined its processes for granting...more

The GAO Issued A Report Recommending Improvements For Aircraft Cybersecurity

On April 14, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a report highlighting cybersecurity challenges as the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) transitions to the Next Generation Air Transportation System...more

FAA Concedes Merely Posting Drone Video Does Not Violate Federal Regulations - A New Directive Notes Agency Lacks Authority to...

The Federal Aviation Administration, after more than a year of warning media companies and hobbyists that posting or linking to any footage filmed by drones may violate the law, has finally acknowledged that its inspectors...more

Commercial Drones: When Tech Flies Faster Than the Speed of Government

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones as they are more commonly known, are under intense scrutiny by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In fact, the FAA itself is under scrutiny, by big and small businesses...more

EPIC Files Suit For Public Rulemaking To Address Privacy Concerns Posed By Drones

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on March 31, 2015, to force the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) to conduct a rulemaking...more

Up, Up, and Away: Insurance Market for Commercial Drones Set to Take Off

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or Drones) have been in the news increasingly over the past decade. While it began, primarily, with the federal government’s use of Drones through the military and federal law enforcement...more

Privacy rights group speaks out against FAA’s proposed framework on commercial use of drones

On March 31, 2015, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a petition against the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed rule on commercial drone use, in the D.C. Circuit. EPIC believes that the FAA...more

FAA Announces Interim Commercial Drone Operation Policy

On March 23, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft (“UAS” or “Drone”) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions....more

Crowded Skies: Opportunities and Challenges in an Era of Drones

In this paper: - Advertising & Promotion - Aviation - Regulatory - Copyright (EU) - Employment and Labor - Export Controls - Film and Television (UK) - Film & Television...more

The Game of Drones: between the Far West and a new European regulation

Unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, are being increasingly used throughout Europe (and elsewhere) in a variety of sectors, from news, documentaries and TV productions to pizza delivery (albeit less frequently!)…...more

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