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Homeland Security Readies Privacy Guidance on Drone Use

Wall Street Journal: 

The Department of Homeland Security is set to publish long-awaited guidance on protecting privacy in the use of drones.

The Office of Management and Budget has completed its review of a DHS document entitled “Protecting Privacy, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties: Best Practices for Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” according to OMB’s website. The review began in March and wrapped up on Oct. 27. Typically, proposals are published within weeks of receiving OMB’s stamp of approval.

Two issues of concern to privacy advocates are the warrantless use of drones over private property in law enforcement operations and the retention by the government of information collected by drones, said Harley Geiger, senior counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology, an advocacy group that supports a warrant requirement.

It’s unclear how the DHS guidance will address those concerns. An agency spokesman declined to comment on the guidance or its timing.

Full article here.