Drone industry’s Code of Conduct disappoints

By Jaikumar Vijayan

People concerned about the privacy implications of civilian drones operating over American airspace are likely to be disappointed by a recent “Code of Conduct” released by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

The AUVSI is a large and influential group representing the unmanned aerial vehicle industry. The group claims to have over 7000 members from 2,100 organizations in over 60 countries. Its members include representatives from some of the largest companies in the aerospace industry including Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Raytheon, BAE Systems and numerous others.

The group’s code seeks to address public concerns related to the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles by commercial entities, government agencies and private citizens. The document starts off by recognizing the issue is a big one, but then goes on to offer little that can be actually enforced or used to develop policy.


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