Drones on the Homefront: Privacy at Risk?

Does the domestic use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) by law enforcement threaten privacy?  I’ll be discussing that topic at 1pm on Thursday September 13, 2012 at the University of San Diego, School of Law.

From the flier:


– The Federal Aviation Administration has predicted that within 20 years, 30,000 commercial and government drones could be flying in U.S. skies.

– Some drones called “nano drones” can be as small as an insect.

– Drones can be equipped with surveillance technologies to identify and track people.

– There are multiple bills currently being proposed in the House to limit the use of drones.

– The Federalist Society will be offering FREE FOOD at this one-of-a-kind, timely discussion.

Guadalupe Hall, Rm. 117 at 1 pm Professor Gregory McNeal, Drones on the Homefront: Privacy at Risk?  My remarks are based in part on my work-in-progress, Drones and Privacy Governance.

Unmanned Systems and Privacy (Drones on the Homefront)

On Wednesday August 8th, 2012 I will be appearing at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America Conference.  My panel, Getting in Front of the Issue: A Discussion on Unmanned Systems and Privacy will feature a discussion about the increasing use of unmanned aircraft by public safety officials, federal government agencies and commercial entities.  We will address questions regarding the legality of UAS data collection and the implications of UAS operations on privacy protection.

Speakers include:

  • Moderator: Mr. Alan Frazier:University of North Dakota,
  • Panelist: Mr. Matthew Henshon: Henshon Parker, LLP,
  • Panelist: Mr. Benjamin Miller:Mesa County Sheriff’s Office,
  • Panelist: Mr. Chris Calabrese: American Civil Liberties Union,
  • Panelist: Mr. Douglas Marshall: TAAC/New Mexico State University,
  • Panelist: Mr. Gregory McNeal: Pepperdine University School of Law,
  • Panelist: Mr. John Villasenor: The Brookings Institution

For a primer on the implications of unmanned system usage inside the U.S. see: A Primer on Domestic Drones: Legal, Policy, and Privacy Implications.  My remarks are based in part on my work-in-progress, Drones and Privacy Governance.