National Telecommunications and Information Administration Seeks Comment on Multistakeholder Process for Drones

By David Bruggeman
April 1, 2015

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued a Request for Comments on a multistakeholder process for commercial and private use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones). The goal of the process is to develop and communicate best practices in privacy, transparency, and accountability for drone use.

This multistakeholder process is required by a Presidential Memorandum issued in February on the domestic use of drones. The memorandum covers policies for government use of drones as well as the multistakeholder process.

The NTIA request asks for comments on the structure and topics that should be part of the multistakeholder process.  Topics of interest include:

* The structures that could work best for the multistakeholder process, including whether to use working groups and/or to distinguish between sizes of drones;
* Currently existing codes of conduct and best practices that could be applicable in the drone context;
* The uses of UAS/drones that could present the most, or the most significant, privacy concerns;
* Information that should be disclosed about commercial and private drone operations and operators; and
* The kinds of rules that could promote accountability in drone operation.

Comments are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, April 20. NTIA plans to hold the first meeting in the Washington D.C. area, and the agency expects that meeting to take place later this year.