Privately-owned drones rise in popularity, as FAA navigates potential risks
"We need to push legislatures to push privacy restrictions on drone flights," said lawyer Jennifer Lynch, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "What's to prevent all these commercial operators from sharing the vast treasure trove of data they collect with the government?"
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a non-profit privacy rights group that sued the FAA last year, demanding to know who had applied for drone licenses.
"Drones can be equipped with cameras, infrared technology, with the ability to intercept communications, to monitor our cell phones, monitor our location, but I think drones also present new issues. And those include the fact that drones are able to fly at altitudes that make them impossible to see. They're able to gather much more information on us than has been possible before," said Lynch.