How are these governmental and other entities using Drones to surveil Americans? See how you can help.
Electric Frontier Foundation (EFF) has successfully acquired thousands of pages of documents from the Federal Aviation Administration on the use of drones in America. The documents include "extensive details about the specific drone models some entities are flying, where they fly, how frequently they fly, and how long they stay in the air," according to EFF. . ,.
The foundation has put the files online, hoping folks will "download the files and find out more about the drones flying near you."
"For every entity, the files include the actual Certificate of Authorization (COA) application information submitted to the FAA (for each entity, that file is called "COA.xls"), and many other supporting records. The files go back several years and include COAs for every year that the entity has had drones. For some entities this is as early as 2004," says EFF about the files.
Here are links to the Zip files, as provided by EFF:
- City of Herrington, Kansas (.zip)
- Cornell University (.zip)
- Department of Energy Idaho National Laboratory (.zip)
- Eastern Gateway Community College - Steubenville, OH (.zip)
- Miami-Dade Police Department (.zip)
- Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (.zip)
- North Little Rock Police Department, Arkansas (.zip)
- Ogden Police Department, Utah (.zip)
- Ohio University (.zip)
- Seattle Police Department (.zip)
- Texas A&M - Texas Engineering Experiment Station (.zip)
- Texas Department of Public Safety (.zip)
- Texas State University (.zip)
- University of Connecticut (.zip)
- University of Florida (.zip)
- USDA Agricultural Research Service (.zip)
- Utah State University (.zip)
- Virginia Tech (.zip)
. . .The FAA documents we received mainly address saftey issues with drone flights, but there are still many unanswered questions about the privacy implications of drones. EFF is asking the Internet community to help us push for more transparency around the use of drones for domestic surveillance. We're proud to be teaming up with MuckRock in this initiative. If you are curious about how your local law enforcement agency may be using drones to surveil Americans, please visit Muckrock's site to submit an online public records request.
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