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Drones: Technology Flying Faster than the Law

Updated: Monday, May 5 2014, 06:17 PM EDT

As technology advances so does the accessibility of drones. But it's one technology flying faster than the law and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is racing to catch up.

Drones today are being used by photographers, farmers, police agencies, newsrooms and everyday citizens who've discovered their potential. Privacy Attorney Anne McKenna says drones are multiplying so fast they're turning the skies into the "Wild Wild West."

As it stands now, consumer drones are restricted from flying more than 400 feet from the ground. Recently, the FAA added another restriction, barring them from being used for business or commercial purposes.

Just last year, Amazon demonstrated on national TV how drones could be used to deliver packages. Experts predict the restriction which bans their commercial use will not fly for long.

"Unless there's a significant public outcry the lobbying efforts will ensure that drones are widely available for commercial use and they will be regulated," McKenna said.

It's still up in the air whether the FAA will lift its ban on the commercial use of drones.

The FAA has opened six test sites across the country to research and fly the aircrafts; it could be a year and a half before the agency proposes new regulations governing drones.

Drones: Technology Flying Faster than the Law


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