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Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Texas Dept. of Public Safety Launches Drone Program

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has launched a new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) program for public safety purposes....more

Drone Policies & the Construction Industry

Kilpatrick Townsend attorneys, Brian Gaudet, David Lynch and Courtney Lynch want to make sure that the construction industry is prepared for the use of drones. This new technology creates some great opportunities, but also...more

DJI Software Now Includes Temporary No-Fly Zone for Olympics

Drone manufacturer, DJI, has updated its software in its drones to include a temporary no-fly zone around the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea (and other South Korean cities). The parameters of the no-fly zone are...more

More Passenger Drone Test Flights Hitting the Skies

We previously reported on the Y6S drone passenger test flights set for this year in London; now, two more companies have started testing passenger drones, too. Ehang 184 passenger drones, created by the Chinese company...more

2017: The Year of Much Ado…But Nothing!

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In terms of major UAS rulemaking efforts, 2017 could best be described as “the year that wasn’t”. While the FAA had big plans to push forward the new rules for flight over people and finalize the Interpretation of the...more

Hiring a drone services provider? Key liability risks for your business

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Businesses that contract for drone services are not necessarily shielded from liability if the drone operator breaks the law. In many ways, the purchaser of drone services is a passive participant in the flight and the drone...more

President Trump Continues to Make Unmanned Aircraft Systems a Priority

The President’s fiscal 2019 (FY19) budget proposal was outlined yesterday, and it shows a willingness to invest in the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones into the National Airspace System, to the...more

World-Record Drone Show at Olympic Ceremony

As with any Olympics Opening Ceremony, the pageantry is of global scale, but this year, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Intel took it to a whole new level–a record-setting 1,218 drones hit the skies for a mechanical phenomenon....more

Validity of Ball State University Drone Policy Questioned

Public Relations and Government Affairs Director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Chad Budreau, says that Ball State University’s (Ball State) “Policy for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)” violates the...more

North Carolina Seeks to Deliver Emergency Supplies via Drone

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) and state officials are currently building plans to use drones to deliver emergency supplies across the state; however, several hurdles need to be overcome first....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - February 2018 #2

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Cisco is warning customers using its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software about a virtual private network (VPN) bug that could "allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a reload of the affected system or to...more

Drone Detection Technology at the Waste Management Phoenix Open

This past weekend, Scottsdale, Arizona police used new drone detection technology at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to keep attendees (and players) safe....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - February 2018

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Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. notified its electronic medical record customers last week that a ransomware attack was behind the disruption of service for medical providers. Please see full Publication below for...more

States Rev Up Drone Oversight

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This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Drone Report surveys proposed drone legislation in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Vermont, and West Virginia and discusses recent drone...more

Border Patrol Continues to Test Drone Use

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While legislative wrangling over construction of a border wall continues, unmanned aerial vehicles are a growing part of the nation’s defense strategy. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has implemented the Predator-B...more

The Drone Market Environment – Disruption in 2018

It seems impossible to stay on top of all the major changes that are going on in the drone industry, so here’s a list of some trends to keep a close eye on this year...more

EPIC’s Standing Questioned in FAA Case

On January 25, 2018, oral arguments were heard in Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) v. the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) case by a D.C. Circuit panel. The court questioned EPIC’s standing to contest the...more

Privacy is None of the FAA’s Business

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While most people agree that unmanned aircraft raise unique privacy issues, the question remains who is in the best position to deal with those concerns. The FAA has repeatedly indicated that it does not have the resources,...more

New Jersey Passes Penalty Bill for Prohibited Drone Operations

Last week, the New Jersey state assembly passed legislation, Assembly Bill 520 (the Bill), that provides for fines and prison terms for individuals convicted of unsafe and/or prohibited unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drone)...more

First Drone Rescue at Sea

Just last week, the first ever drone rescue at sea occurred in the heavy riptides off the coast of Australia. Two swimmers were trapped in the strong current when a drone dropped a flotation device down to them from the sky...more

Farmers Use Drones to Check Their Crops

As a farmer, you likely need to keep a close eye on the growth of your crops or survey hundreds of acres of crops after a storm or other natural disaster. Agriculture experts now say that farmers should look to the skies for...more

New Class Action Against FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was served with an 836,796-person lawsuit last week alleging wrongful collection of personal data and money under unmanned aerial system (UAS or drone) regulations....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018 #4

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A new report issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF) called “Global Risks Report 2018,” lists the threat of cyber-warfare and cyber-attacks affecting the public as the world’s third greatest threat in 2018, only behind...more

Update on Floating Warehouses and Drone Delivery

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In the age of instant gratification, retail giants are turning to technology to fill customers’ orders as quickly as possible. The once-unimaginably-fast two-day shipping standard is starting to seem outdated and sluggish....more

Protecting Your Business—Drones and Liability

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) are getting better (and cheaper) each day, which means that more and more businesses will be using drones to carry out everyday tasks. However, with respect to compliance and...more

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