The use of unmanned aircraft systems or drones along the U.S. border with Mexico has been well-documented, but a recent law and actions by the Federal Aviation Administration have raised concerns that drones could soon be employed nationwide to monitor civilians.

After filing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation — a nonprofit group that advocates for free speech and privacy rights “in the digital world” — recently obtained a list of all the public entities that have been authorized by the FAA to fly drones. While the list predictably includes federal government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and NASA, it also grants authorization to 23 universities, 12 local police departments and even the Washington State Department of Transportation. 

Friday, June 22, 2012
The Washington Times

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