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White House working on privacy guidelines for consumer drones

Mr President in Action

Gigaom

Drones are a hot topic these days — not just the ones flying over Pakistan, but the growing number of lightweight and camera-equipped devices flying through American air. These consumer drones are on the verge of transforming a range of industries, from farming to news gathering, but are also creating conflicts — like this one at the beach — as people fear for their privacy.

In response, President Obama is preparing an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones. According to Politico, the details are still under wraps but the White House has confirmed that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration is bringing together companies and consumer groups to create a voluntary set of best practices.

The process may give a boost to consumer drone advocates, who believe that the many positive stories about drones, such as their role in search-and-rescue operations, are drowned out by sensationalist headlines about spying.

The term “drone” itself is controversial…

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