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FAA to Map Out Civilian-Drone Rules
Thu Nov 7, 2013 11:36 AM CST

(Dow Jones) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to say Thursday that no major privacy-protection initiatives are necessary before opening U.S. airspace to civilian drones, a finding likely to stoke an outcry amid heightened concerns about the government's surveillance capabilities.

In addition to that general policy on privacy protections, industry officials familiar with details of the plan expect FAA chief Michael Huerta to disclose a multiyear regulatory road map intended to eventually pave the way for extensive commercial operations of so-called remotely piloted aerial vehicles nationwide.

The Department of Homeland Security previously adopted a similar view on privacy safeguards, ...

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