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Drones in the Sky, Boots on the Ground, and the Legal Gaps in Between

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

According to the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA)’s Notice of Public Rulemaking (NRPM) on Remote Identification (RID) of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), there are over 18,000 law enforcement and security agencies across the United States (U.S.), “many of which would seek access to remote identification information to respond to emerging threats or as part of an investigation.” In fact, the primary driver for RID, which is supposed to undergird all other rules to fully open the skies to commercial UAS, is providing airspace awareness to the FAA, national security agencies, and law enforcement entities. But awareness decoupled from the ability to act does not, in the end, make the public safer or advance the commercial UAS industry. This piece explores the legal gaps that exist for law enforcement that RID brings to the forefront.

Topics: FAA; Notice of Public Rulemaking; NRPM; Remote Identification; RID; Unmanned Aircraft Systems; UAS; drones; law enforcement; security agencies; legal gaps; public safety

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