At the outset of the “Drone Age” with the comprehensive commercialisation of drones for leisure activities, and multiple applications for professional as well as business purposes, the European Union (EU) is setting up a new policy framework for drones. The EU’s core objective is to facilitate the safe integration of civil drones into the European airspace from 2019 on. ALADDIN delegate participated in The Drone Age and made a presentation which abstract could be found below and the full presentation following this link.
Unmanned aircraft in the EU: A regulatory landscape fragmented? Paul De Hert and Pradeepan Sarma, VUB, Brussels
With a mobility that challenge older spatially-fixed notions of surveillance and the potential to wreak havoc in the laneways of the skies, unmanned aircraft, or drones, are increasingly seen as a challenge to authorities of all stripes. Until last September, drones weighing less than 150 kg were subject to a set of disparate rules across the various EU member states. The new Basic Regulation creates a comprehensive set of regulations of all civilian drones across the European Union. Among the risks the new Regulation is attempting to address, particular emphasis has been placed on allaying the risks that drones pose to privacy and the protection of personal data. This presentation focuses on the new Regulation from the perspective of privacy and data protection law, including the principles of data protection and privacy by design and default.