Writing the Rules for Domestic Drone Use

"Who should write the rules for domestic drone use? In a radio interview with public radio’s David Sommerstein, I argue that local officials are in the best position to regulate the use of unmanned systems, particularly those systems used by law enforcement.

That is not to say that the federal government shouldn’t play a role in establishing baseline standards. However, I think there is a risk that the federal government may legislate in a way that fails to protect privacy (by enacting rules that don’t grapple with evolving technology) that under-protects (by enacting rules that reflexively seek to require a warrant for all uses of unmanned systems, without recognizing that some technology driven solutions can be more protective than merely requiring a warrant), or Congress may over-protect, depriving the public of the benefits of unmanned systems through an outright ban".