Privacy guidelines issued for government drones

Federal agencies use unmanned aerial systems to conduct border surveillance, track wildfires, and for other purposes like law enforcement and research. As part of an evolving federal policy, President Barack Obama on Feb. 15 announced a set of principles intended to integrate privacy and civil liberties protections into the way the government uses drones.

The presidential memorandum extends Privacy Act protections to government drone use, specifying that drones can collect information or use information collected by drones only for authorized purposes, and that personally identifiable information collected by drones must be deleted within 180 days, unless otherwise required by law or regulation.

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