Restrict Unmanned Aerial Drone Surveillance in U.S. Airspace

Target: The Federal Aviation Administration

Goal: Restrict domestic surveillance drone use in order to protect the privacy rights of U.S. citizens.

A new program launched by the Department of Homeland Security program aims to “facilitate and accelerate the adoption” of small, unmanned drones to be used for routine police activity and border patrol. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently posted on its website a description of the rules surrounding the use of drones, which require that law enforcement agencies or police forces first obtain a license.

While the technology has developed as a counter terror technique, U.S. law enforcement plans only to use unarmed drones for surveillance purposes. Nonetheless, a new poll shows that a majority of Americans support the use of drones in some cases like search and rescue missions but not for routine policing such as issuing speeding tickets.

According to one estimate, as many as 30,000 drones are predicted to be in use by 2020. Two out of three people surveyed agreed that the prediction raised concerns about privacy issues. And a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) states that “our privacy laws are not strong enough to ensure that the new technology will be used responsibly and consistently with democratic values.”

“There are good uses for drones that everybody agrees with, but what we don’t want to see are drones used for constant, persistent, suspicion-less surveillance where we are all being watched for no particular reason,” said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst with the ACLU.

Since the Department of Homeland Security has adopted a new focus on initiating and quickly expanding its use of drones, now is the time to ensure that the FAA develops firm privacy restrictions in order to prevent a Big Brother presence in American society. By signing the petition below, you will help to protect the privacy rights of Americans and limit the use of drones to exclude “constant, persistent, suspicion-less surveillance.”

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Acting Administrator Michael P. Huerta,

A new program launched by the Department of Homeland Security program aims to “facilitate and accelerate the adoption” of small, unmanned drones to be used for routine police activity and border patrol.

A new poll shows that a majority of Americans support the use of drones in some cases like search and rescue missions but not for routine policing such as issuing speeding tickets. And two out of three people surveyed agreed that the thought of an expanded unmanned drone surveillance program raised concerns about privacy issues.

“There are good uses for drones that everybody agrees with, but what we don’t want to see are drones used for constant, persistent, suspicion-less surveillance where we are all being watched for no particular reason,” said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst with the ACLU.

Since the Department of Homeland Security has adopted a new focus on initiating and quickly expanding its use of drones, I feel that now is the time to focus as well on ensuring that the DHS program will not turn into a restriction on individual privacy rights. I urge you to develop an extensive set of rules that will limit the use of drones to exclude “constant, persistent, suspicion-less surveillance” and to protect the privacy rights of Americans.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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