From: The Honorable Peter Welch
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Bill: H.R. 2868
Date: 11/19/2013

Dear Colleague,
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently revealed a five-year road map for integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) into the National Airspace System. Though the plan is a step forward in addressing this emerging technology, the announcement made clear that the FAA has no intention of addressing the serious privacy concerns raised by drone integration.
Please join me in cosponsoring H.R. 2868, the Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act, which would require the FAA to address privacy concerns related to domestic drone operation.
H.R. 2868 would:
Prohibit the FAA from issuing drone licenses unless the application includes a data collection statement that explains who will operate the drone, where the drone will be flown, what kind of data will be collected, how that data will be used, whether the information will be sold to third parties and the period for which the information will be retained.
Require law enforcement agencies to include an additional data minimization statement that explains how they will minimize the collection and retention of data unrelated to the investigation of a crime.
Ensure that any surveillance involving drones by law enforcement agencies require a warrant or extreme exigent circumstances.
Require the FAA to create a publicly available website that lists all approved licenses and includes the data collection and data minimization statements, any data security breaches suffered by a licensee, and the times and locations of drone flights.
The FAA has a responsibility to protect privacy while it works to incorporate drones into national airspace. H.R. 2868, which I am pleased to have introduced with Senator Markey, ensures the FAA cannot ignore the privacy rights of Americans. For additional information or to sign on, please contact Glynna Kerr on my staff at

Peter Welch
Member of Congress