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NTIA Seeks Comment on Process for Developing Best Practices for Commercial and Private Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
March 04, 2015
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Juliana Gruenwald, (202) 482-2145,

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announced it is seeking comment on a new multistakeholder process aimed at developing privacy best practices for the commercial and private use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The public is invited to submit suggestions concerning the structure of the multistakeholder engagement and the substantive issues stakeholders will discuss. NTIA expects to convene the first public meeting within 90 days from the publication of the Request for Comment (RFC).

In a Presidential Memorandum released February 15, the White House called on NTIA to convene stakeholders to develop best practices that would enhance privacy, accountability and transparency related to the commercial use of UAS in the National Airspace System.

“UAS have the potential to offer benefits in fields as diverse as urban infrastructure management, farming and disaster response,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling. “This multistakeholder process aims to address privacy concerns with some potential uses of UAS while ensuring the United States maintains its leadership and promotes innovation in this growing industry.”

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