SIIA Supports Privacy Code of Conduct for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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SIIA Supports Privacy Code of Conduct for Unmanned Aircraft Systems


Washington D.C. (May 18, 2016) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association representing the software and digital content industries, today said it supports the voluntary set of best practices for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, that was agreed upon by a group of diverse stakeholders form the business community and civil society.  The best practices will advance privacy, transparency and accountability for the private and commercial use of UAS.

SIIA VP of Public Policy, Mark MacCarthy, issued the following statement:

“This code of conduct will enable the further development of innovative UAS technology use by providing a practical framework for operators to deploy this technology in a responsible and ethical manner. Importantly, it also helps protect critical first amendment rights for news media organizations and others to utilize new opportunities presented by unmanned aircraft systems.

“Continued growth and innovation in the vibrant marketplace for UAS depend on consumer confidence in the privacy protections provided by operators of unmanned aircraft systems.  For this reason, SIIA has been a strong supporter of the Department of Commerce’s multistakeholder privacy initiative, and the goal to develop consensus best practices for these operators.”




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