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  • SOCIAL MEDIA PRIVACY
  • DOMESTIC DRONES
Winning Issue » DOMESTIC DRONES


Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are aircraft either remotely controlled by a pilot on the ground or autonomously flying a pre-programmed mission. Currently, anyone can purchase and legally fly a drone in most parts of the country, and more than 1.3 million drones are now registered with the FAA, up from about 470,000 in 2016. However, advocates say these developments may not be good news to those who value their privacy. Hobbyist pilots are required to keep their drones in sight, below 400 feet, and out of airspace meant for passenger-carrying airplanes. Local and federal law enforcement agencies are rapidly increasing their use of domestic drones and manufacturers are considering arming these drones with nonlethal weapons like rubber bullets, Tasers and tear gas. Drones are used for search and rescue, photography, spotting wildfires, monitoring crops, patrolling our borders, and online retailer Amazon has even started using drones to deliver packages.

The FAA recently announced new rules that will allow small drones to fly over people and at night, a big step toward their eventual use for widespread commercial deliveries. The agency claimed these rules will address security concerns by requiring remote identification technology in drones that enable their identification from the ground.

Pending Legislation: S.600 - Drone Integration and Zoning Act
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Lee (UT)
Status: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
Chair: Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current domestic drone policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY).
  • I support:
    1.) Designating the area between 200 feet and 400 feet above ground level for use of civil unmanned aircraft systems.

    2.) Requiring a property owner's permission to operate a civil unmanned aircraft in the immediate reaches of airspace above private property.

    3.) Preserving state, local, and tribal authority to issue certain reasonable restrictions on the operation of a civil unmanned aircraft system within 200 feet of the ground or a structure.

    4.) Establishing a process for the designation of routes above 200 feet of the ground as authorized commercial routes.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support:
    1.) Designating the area between 200 feet and 400 feet above ground level for use of civil unmanned aircraft systems.

    2.) Requiring a property owner's permission to operate a civil unmanned aircraft in the immediate reaches of airspace above private property.

    3.) Preserving state, local, and tribal authority to issue certain reasonable restrictions on the operation of a civil unmanned aircraft system within 200 feet of the ground or a structure.

    4.) Establishing a process for the designation of routes above 200 feet of the ground as authorized commercial routes.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Sen. Patty Murray (WA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting her to favorably consider passing S.24 - Protecting Personal Health Data.

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting her to favorably consider passing S.600 - Drone Integration and Zoning Act.

If elected as a trustee, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used protect consumer’s medical information.

About: As a nonprofit organization protecting privacy for all by empowering individuals and advocating for positive change, we have focused exclusively on consumer privacy rights and issues since 1992. In 2014, we became an independent nonprofit organization and have continued to empower individuals and advocate for positive change within the ever-changing privacy landscape. We strive to provide clarity on complex topics by publishing extensive educational materials and directly answering people’s questions. We also amplify the public’s voice—often underrepresented in policy discussions—in our work championing strong privacy protections.

If elected as a trustee, Electronic Privacy Information Center will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for protecting the privacy rights of citizens from the threats posed by domestic drones.

About: EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, DC. EPIC was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, freedom of expression, and democratic values in the information age. EPIC pursues a wide range of program activities including policy research, public education, conferences, litigation, publications, and advocacy. EPIC routinely files amicus briefs in federal courts, pursues open government cases, defends consumer privacy, organizes conferences for NGOs, and speaks before Congress and judicial organizations about emerging privacy and civil liberties issues.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
July 4, 2022
Trustee Election - Closing Date
July 11, 2022