A President’s Day memorandum!
On Feb 15, 2015 to US President Obama issued an Executive Order creating standards for how the Federal government will address the privacy issues associated with drones.
“Drones may play a transformative role in fields as diverse as urban infrastructure management, farming, public safety…and disaster response.”
The Order acknowledges that drones are a lower cost alternative to manned aircraft, and can reduce risks to human life. However, the President’s directive seeks to take into account “not only our economic competitiveness and public safety, but also the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties concerns these systems may raise.”
See this article for more detail.