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Last Week the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) came out with a list of voluntary Best Practices as they relate to drone usage for data collection, storage, and dissemination for both commercial and recreational use. If you have been paying attention to the news this past year you have undoubtedly heard tails of privacy wows, some of the most infamous have been the FBI v Apple over the rights to crack into an Iphone for national security reasons. Large companies like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have all weighed in on the need to balance security with the right to personal privacy. In the same manner the NTIA was asked to come up with a series of best practices to describe the capture, storage, and release of data that is collected by sUAS. With the rise in use of aerial data collection in the form of videos, photos, NIR, FLIR, and other advanced imaging techniques; privacy is a growing concern. How should you go about collecting your data, what about storage time, how about digital security (could you get in trouble if you are hacked and someones data is stolen), What about requests for data you have collected from local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies? There are a lot of prominent security and privacy questions that come with the advances in unmanned Aerial operations, this is where the NTIA has stepped in to promote safe use, storage, and privacy of mass collected aerial data. Here is a very small snap shot of there suggestions: 1) INFORM OTHERS OF YOUR USE OF UAS 2) SHOW CARE WHEN OPERATING UAS OR COLLECTING AND STORING COVERED DATA 3) LIMIT THE USE AND SHARING OF COVERED DATA 4) SECURE COVERED DATA 5) MONITOR AND COMPLY WITH EVOLVING FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL UAS LAWS BEST PRACTICES FOR NEWSGATHERERS AND NEWS REPORTING ORGANIZATIONS "Newsgathering and news reporting are strongly protected by United States law, including the First Amendment to the Constitution. The public relies on an independent press to gather and report the news and ensure an informed public. For this reason, these Best Practices do not apply to newsgatherers and news reporting organizations. Newsgatherers and news reporting organizations may use UAS in the same manner as any other comparable technology to capture, store, retain and use data or images in public spaces. Newsgatherers and news reporting organizations should operate under the ethics rules and standards of their organization, and according to existing federal and state laws." Here is a link to the article sent out via the AUVSI newsletter: http://www.cio.com/article/3072462/us-agency-releases-privacy-best-practices-for-drone-use.html and here is a link to the actual recommendations i suggest giving them a read as they may provide some eye opening insights into the world of privacy that you may not have considered, but could drastically affect your business or your hobby. https://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/voluntary_best_practices_for_uas_privacy_transparency_and_accountability_0.pdf