Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG-SEP 2018

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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81 August/September 2018 unmanned systems inside Topics already covered include safe- ty, privacy and insurance, and the new tools will cover the privacy dimension, including, specifically, the GDPR. "There will also be an e-learning course to help pilots and manufactur- ers to better understand what privacy and data protection issues may be cov- ered by their operations, and also a pri- vacy impact assessment template and app," Lentz said. "I think this is quite necessary, be- cause most operators, when they are up in the air, are focusing on their business. They are not, except in some cases, inter- ested in various odd people that might be standing around on the ground. But it's not because you are looking at a pow- er line that you may not take a picture of someone sitting in their back garden. Of course we don't focus on these people, but in this case you have actually cap- tured their personal data and some legal obligation falls upon you. "This privacy issue should really be built into the drone business," Lentz concluded, "because this would really support the acceptance by citizens. It's not only about complying with the le- gal requirements, the GDPR. If you see a drone f lying over your house, it might not even have a camera onboard, but people could feel attacked. So this kind of thing must be taken into account." FINAL SAY The EU UAS scene has changed quite a bit since the European Commission first launched its 'Roadmap for the inte- gration of civil RPAS into the European Aviation System' in 2013, a year now known in certain European circles as 'the year of the 'drone.' Obviously, the industry has made great strides and is likely to continue to do so, with or with- out an European UAS regulation. That said, by working in concert with the global JARUS process, EASA and the Commission are moving in the right direction. Whether it now takes until 2030 or whether member states find it in their interests to move more quickly, the new UAS regulation seems bound eventually to be implemented and to have a positive effect in terms of EU-wide, and perhaps even world- wide, cross-border drone business.

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