NTIA holds UAS privacy stakeholder meeting

By Luke Geiver | August 05, 2015

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has held its first drone privacy stakeholder meeting. Previously, the NTIA worked on the governance of the internet. Earlier this year, the NTIA was asked by President Obama to launch a multistakeholder process that would develop best practices to enhance privacy and promote transparent and accountable operation of UAS by commercial and private users, according to Angela Simpson, deputy assistant secretary for communications and information at NTIA. 

The recent meeting on multistakeholder privacy, transparency and accountability was held in Washington D.C., with the goal of initiating a “stakeholder-driven dialogue regarding the privacy, transparency and accountability issues raised by commercial and private operation of UAS,” according to the NTIA. 

Included in the recent meeting were presentations and talks by John Verdi, director of privacy initiatives, NTIA office of policy analysis and development; Simpson; John Morris, associate administrator and director of internet policy, NTIA; Dean Griffith, attorney, regulations division, FAA and Anne Bechdolt, senior attorney, regulation and enforcement, U.S. DOT who spoke about the current legal environment for UAS operation.

Greg McNeal, associate professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University and the cofounder of AirMap.IO, spoke about the current and near-term examples of commercial and private UAS operations. 

Other stakeholder discussions also took place. 

Several more NTIA-UAS privacy meetings will take place this year. “We expect this process to bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including industry, civil society and academia,” Simpson said. “The group will craft best practices that can help guide commercial and private UAS operators.” NTIA is acting as a neutral convener for the meetings. 

To view the recent meeting, click here.