A number of federal lawmakers recently came out against a new plan that would allow civilian companies to launch drone aircraft on the basis that they could be used to invade Americans' privacy.
The Federal Aviation Administration believes that there will be as many as 10,000 of these unmanned aircraft patrolling the skies above the U.S. within the next five years, and that has members of Congress concerned, according to a report from the Oklahoman
. For instance, Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, who chairs the House Homeland Security Subcommittee, thinks a federal agency should come up with a policy that will help regulate these aircraft and the effects they could have on citizens' privacy.
"This is an evolving field and we have thousands of these things that could be deployed in the sky," McCaul said, according to the newspaper. "I think it's incumbent on the Department of Homeland Security to come up with a policy … Local law enforcement does need that guidance."Eduard Goodman
, chief privacy officer for Identity Theft
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