Alphabet unit Wing blasts new US drone ID rule, citing privacy | Tech News

Alphabet unit Wing blasts new US drone ID rule, citing privacy

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued rules that will allow small drones to fly over people and at night in the United States and mandate remote identification technology for nearly all drones.

By:REUTERS
| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 14:04 IST
Following the new rules, drone manufacturers will have 18 months to begin producing drones with Remote ID, and operators will have an additional year to provide Remote ID.
Following the new rules, drone manufacturers will have 18 months to begin producing drones with Remote ID, and operators will have an additional year to provide Remote ID. (REUTERS)

Alphabet Inc's drone delivery unit Wing criticized Trump administration rules issued this week mandating broadcast-based remote identification of drones, saying they should be revised to allow for internet-based tracking.

On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued rules that will allow small drones to fly over people and at night in the United States and mandate remote identification technology for nearly all drones.

You may be interested in

MobilesTablets Laptops
31% OFF
Google Pixel 7 Pro 5G
  • Obsidian
  • 12 GB RAM
  • 128 GB Storage
31% OFF
Google Pixel 128GB
  • Black
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 128 GB Storage
48% OFF
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
  • Green
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB Storage
7% OFF
Google Pixel 7 5G
  • Obsidian
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB Storage

The rules eliminate requirements that drones, known formally as unmanned aerial vehicles, be connected to the internet to transmit location data but requires them to broadcast remote ID messages via radio frequency broadcast.

Also read
Looking for a smartphone? To check mobile finder click here.

"This approach creates barriers to compliance and will have unintended negative privacy impacts for businesses and consumers," Wing said Thursday in a blog post, adding "an observer tracking a drone can infer sensitive information about specific users, including where they visit, spend time, and live and where customers receive packages from and when."

Wing added that "American communities would not accept this type of surveillance of their deliveries or taxi trips on the road. They should not accept it in the sky."

Wing called on the FAA to expand ways operators can comply with ID requirements.

Also Read: US to allow small drones to fly over people and at night

The FAA said Thursday it received and addressed "more than 50,000 public comments on the proposed remote-identification rule, which will further the safe integration of drones into the national airspace system."

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International said Remote ID will function as "a digital license plate for drones."

Drone manufacturers will have 18 months to begin producing drones with Remote ID, and operators will have an additional year to provide Remote ID.

Wing argues internet-based tracking "allows a drone to be identified as it flies over without necessarily sharing that drone's complete flight path or flight history."

Chinese drone maker SZ DJI Technology Co said this week it "has long supported the FAA's Remote ID initiative because it will enhance drone accountability, safety and security... We are reviewing the final rule to understand how DJI can take steps towards complying with the FAA's upcoming requirements."

Catch all the Latest Tech News, Mobile News, Laptop News, Gaming news, Wearables News , How To News, also keep up with us on Whatsapp channel,Twitter, Facebook, Google News, and Instagram. For our latest videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

First Published Date: 01 Jan, 10:32 IST
NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS