NACDL’s Domestic Drone Information Center aims to be a one-stop source of cutting-edge information on the proliferation of drones inside the United States. It collects news from leading publications across the nation; features a comprehensive listing of legislative developments; and contains sections devoted to relevant case law, government documents, scholarship, upcoming events, and data on drone usage. The Domestic Drone Information Center also aggregates existing material from other websites, making it a launching pad to additional information about domestic drones on the web.
As domestic drones become an issue of increasing concern – the FAA predicts that 30,000 drones will be deployed within 20 years – we hope that you find this material useful. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are aware of important drone information that we have not yet added. This project is supported by the Foundation for Criminal Justice and the Open Society Foundations.
- The Bill Map features links to legislation at the federal level, in each of the states, and in select municipalities.
Draft Legislation: NACDL’s draft legislation to protect individual privacy against unwarranted governmental intrusion through the use of drones is available here.
- Federal Aviation Administration – Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) Roadmap The Roadmap addresses current and future policies, regulations, technologies and procedures that will be required as demand moves the country from today’s limited accommodation of UAS operations to the extensive integration of UAS into the NextGen aviation system in the future.(November 7, 2013)
- Federal Aviation Administration – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Comprehensive Plan As required in the 2012 FAA Reauthorization, the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) has developed a comprehensive plan to safely accelerate the integration of civil UAS into the national airspace system.. That plan details a multi-agency approach to safe and timely UAS integration and coordination with the NextGen shift to satellite-based technologies and new procedures.(November 7, 2013)
- Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Justice – Memorandum of Understanding Between FAA, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office and the U.S. DOJ, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice Concerning Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems by Law Enforcement Agencies This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) sets forth an agreement between the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, and the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), hereinafter, “the Parties,” to implement a streamlined training and authorization process to enable nonfederal law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) within the United States safely, effectively, and lawfully. (2013)
- U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Audit Division – Interim Report on the Department of Justice’s Use and Support of Unmanned Aircraft Systems The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is conducting an audit of the domestic use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by the Department of Justice (DOJ), commonly referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles or “Drones,” as well as its support and provision of UAS to other law enforcement agencies and non-profit organizations. This interim report presents an overview of DOJ’ s UAS use and policies as of May 2013. (September 2013)
- Electronic Frontier Foundation – Drone Flights in the U.S.: Customs & Border Protection Drone Flight List This report lists the agencies in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Daily Reports in the responsive documents sent to EFF. CBP’s UAS program either provided support to these agencies, or coordinated or collaborated with these agencies during the UAS operations in the responsive documents. (September 2013)
- Federal Aviation Administration – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operational Approval This notice provides policies necessary for reviewing and evaluating the safety and interoperability of proposed Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flight operations conducted within the United States (U.S.) National Airspace System (NAS) for the Aviation Safety (AVS) Flight Standards Service (AFS), UAS Integration Office (AFS-80), when assessing applications for a Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA) or Special Airworthiness Certificate. (July 30, 2013)
- EPIC FOIA – A Customs & Border Protection (CPB) report, released in response to EFF’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the agency, shows CBP has considered adding weapons to its domestic Predator drones. View the full report here. (July 2, 2013)More Government Documents
- Drone U (The New America Foundation) – The Drone Census Behind the headline grabbing drone news there is a complex ecosystem of users, industry, legislation, and research. Filter by the stakeholders driving the drone movement and zoom in on what’s happening in your neighborhood. Includes interactive map.More Data
- Report: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems & Journalism: Opportunities and Challenges of Drones in News Gathering; David Goldberg, Mark Corocoran, and Robert G. Picard, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, June 2013.
- Report: Observations from Above: Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Privacy; John Villasenor, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, April 3, 2013.
- Report: Drones in Domestic Surveillance Operations: Fourth Amendment Implications and Legislative Responses; Richard M. Thompson II, Congressional Research Service, April 3, 2013.
- Report: Pilotless Drones: Background and Considerations for Congress Regarding Unmanned Aircraft Operations in the National Airspace System; Bart Elias, Congressional Research Service, September 10, 2012.
- Report: Unmanned Aircraft Systems:Measuring Progress and Addressing Potential Privacy Concerns Would Facilitate Integration into the National Airspace System; United States Government Accountability Office, September 2012.
- Article: Technological Leap, Statutory Gap, and Constitutional Abyss: Remote Biometric Identification Comes of Age; Laura K. Donohue, Minnesota Law Review, Volume 97 – No. 2, 2012.More Scholarship
- Date & Time: February 7, 2014
- Location: Southwestern Campus, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, CA
- Host: The Biederman Institute at Southwestern Law School
Event Description: This groundbreaking event will focus on the legal and regulatory themes involved in the use of commercial drones (technically, remotely piloted aircraft systems or RPAS) for the purposes of news-gathering, media, advertising, and entertainment production.
- Date & Time: November 16 & 17, 2013
- Location: Georgetown Law Center, Hart Auditorium, Washington, DC
- Host: Institute for Policy Studies, CODEPINK, The Nation Magazine, and the Center for Constitutional Rights
Event Description: This gathering will bring together drone survivors from Pakistan,Yemen and Afghanistan, human rights advocates, lawyers, authors, artists and musicians, and grassroots activists for a weekend of educating and organizing. Speakers include Dr. Cornel West, international law expert Mary Ellen O’Connell, author of Drone Warfare Medea Benjamin, Amnesty International’s Zeke Johnson, ACLU’s Hina Shamsi, Pakistani drone victim attorney Shahzad Akbar, Afghan women’s rights advocates Fahima Vorgetts and Suraia Sahar, Retired Colonel Ann Wright, UK/Europe drone expert Chris Cole, British scientist Noel Sharkey, inventor of Dronestagram James Bridle, designer of drone-repellent stealthwear Adam Harvey, and peace activist Kathy Kelly. Workshops include topics such as passing local legislation, social media training, student organizing and creative resistance. Evening events include film screenings, art shows and music.
News Of Interest
“Wild skies: how long will drones for hire fly in a legal limbo?,” by Adi Robertson, The Verge, November 7, 2013.
“The Year of the Drone: An Analysis of State Legislation Passed This Year,” by Allie Bohm, ACLU, November 7, 2013.
“Press Release – FAA Releases Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Roadmap,” FAA, November 7, 2013.
“Fight for U.S. Drone Flight Details Heats Up,” by Jack Bouboushian, Courthouse News Service, November 7, 2013.
“FAA Releases Initial Roadmap for Drone Use,” by Andy Pasztor, The Wall Street Journal, November 7, 2013.
- Help Put A Stop To Warrantless Drones Spying On Americans (backcountryvoices.wordpress.com)
- Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act of 2013HR 1262 (backcountryvoices.wordpress.com)
- Legislation to Promote Transparency, Privacy for Commercial and Government Drone Use (backcountryvoices.wordpress.com)
- To amend the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (backcountryvoices.wordpress.com)
- Status of Domestic Drone Legislation in the States (backcountryvoices.wordpress.com)