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Before Driverless Cars, Questions

Although it is unclear when autonomous vehicles will be hitting the roads, what is clear is that this technology is coming. Automakers to suppliers to lawmakers to insurers will want to carefully consider the following issues...more

The FAA Grants Drone Operators Five Regulatory Exemptions

On December 10, the FAA announced that it had granted a total of five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as drones, to four companies that want to fly drones for aerial surveying,...more

Iowa Plans for Digital Driver’s License

The Des Moines Register reports that the Iowa Department of Transportation is developing a smart phone app that will act as an officially issued driver’s license. ...more

FAA Denies EPIC Petition Requesting Public Rulemaking To Address Privacy Concerns Posed By Drones; Cites Ongoing Rulemaking...

The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has denied a petition submitted by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) to initiate a public rulemaking to address the “threat to privacy and civil liberties that will...more

May State and Local Governments Control Low-Flying Drones?

Most of the attention paid to drones has focused on issues of aviation and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authority. Yet much of the impact of low-flying drones will fall, not on the national air transportation system,...more

Implications of the NTSB’s Decision That Drones are Aircraft

The NTSB issued a decision on November 17, holding that drones are aircraft and subject to the code of federal regulations that govern aircraft. In Michael P. Huerta, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration v. Raphael...more

NTSB Finds That Drones Are “Aircraft” Under Federal Law

Order reverses an earlier ruling by an Administrative Law Judge in a closely watched case that challenged the FAA’s authority to regulate drones - On November 18, 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)...more

Drones: When, Why, and How Will the FAA Investigate Unauthorized UAS Use?

On July 15, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published its latest National Policy Notice concerning drones, titled “Education, Compliance, and Enforcement of Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators.”...more

Untamed Skies: Domestic Drones Remain Unregulated

What once was a technology confined almost exclusively to military use has now made its way into the hands of businesses, domestic agencies and private hobbyists. Small, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (or UAVs), more commonly known...more

Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Oil and Gas Operations—Q and A

The desire to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in commercial operations is steadily building. A wide variety of businesses would like to use these devices to improve efficiency and safety, and reduce costs. One field that...more

Congress to Scrutinize TSA's "Scanner Shuffle"

The House Subcommittee on Transportation Security is holding an oversight hearing this week, "TSA's Recent Scanner Shuffle: Real Strategy or Wasteful Smokescreen?" The hearing announcement follows a decision by the TSA to...more

Electronic Privacy Information Center v. Department of Homeland Security, et al.,

Petitionersâ?? Motion To Enforce The Courtâ??s Mandate

EPIC Urges Court to End DHS Delay in Seeking Public Input on Airport Body Scanners EPIC filed papers in federal court today seeking to enforce an order that requires the Department of Homeland Security to detail the...more

Electronic Privacy Information Center v. United States Department of Homeland Security

Plaintiff's Motion For Reconsideration Based on Intervening Change In Controlling Law

EPIC Urges Court to Order Release of 2,000 Airport Body Scanner Images EPIC asked a federal court in Washington, DC to reconsider its earlier decision allowing the Department of Homeland Security to keep secret 2,000...more

NHTSA Proposes Mandatory Backup Cameras in All New Cars by 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed requiring backup cameras on all new vehicles by 2014 to prevent drivers from backing over pedestrians. This is going to cost automakers (and auto buyers) more...more

Electronic Privacy Information Center, et al., v. Janet Napolitano, et al.,

Opening Brief for Petitioners Electronic Privacy Information Center, et al.,

In Opening Brief, EPIC Urges Federal Appeals Court to Suspend Airport Body Scanner Program EPIC has filed the opening brief in EPIC v. DHS, No, 10-1157, a case that challenges the unilateral decision of the TSA to make...more

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