I just read this article because I am interested in the Wild West that is Drone regulation.

At several points in that article, the term privacy is used (privacy regulations, privacy stakeholders, and so on), but without any concrete specifics, such as:

The NTIA ... said that the [their] underlying goal is to help stakeholders prepare a set of guidelines for drone use, but not impose the guidelines on drone users.

This is so utterly vague! Privacy can mean a lot of things, such as:

  • The collection of, storage and access to flight and other recorded data during drone operation; or
  • Regulations/policies surrounding where drones can fly (over private property airspace or not); or
  • A drone/drone operator's right to reveal information about themselves mid-flight (for instance, can the FAA or an air traffic controller interrogate drones for identification, metadata, etc.)?

So I ask, from a regulatory/legal perspective, what does the phrase privacy stakeholder mean, and how might it apply to this article, and more generally, to the drone industry?

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    Who says "privacy stakeholder" is being used as a technical legal term?
    – cpast
    Aug 11, 2015 at 16:56


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