Though not a new invention, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as “drones,” have only recently begun to enter the average American’s awareness. Once the exclusive province of the military, various technological and social factors have led to drones entering the public sphere for use by private individuals and corporations. As this usage increases rapidly, unforeseen implications begin to arise, including safety and privacy concerns for citizens. In response, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has attempted to promulgate rules governing drone use, which have been met with resistance and legal challenges by private and commercial operators. Meanwhile, Congress and state legislatures have begun addressing similar concerns, with different states adopting more or less restrictive statutes governing drone use.
This Comment argues that specific, clearly worded legislation is needed to regulate drone use in order to protect privacy without infringing on fundamental rights.