U.S. Department of Justice amends drone bill to require cyber security assessment

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice released a drone amendment bill designed to replace the 2015 policy guidelines. It is reported that the new policy follows the old version of the norms and regulations, and focused on network security and privacy protection added some key elements. Under the new amendment, authorities are required to conduct rigorous reviews of acquisitions of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAS) companies in response to cyber security risks to protect against potential threats to supply chains and DOJ networks.

U.S. Department of Justice amends drone bill to require cyber security assessment

In addition, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will coordinate with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on norms such as air traffic support. The new policy specifically mentions information collected in drone cameras and sensors, saying it will weigh “potential intrusiveness and implications for citizens’ privacy and freedom” and government interests.

The new policy still requires an annual privacy review of drone use and a 180-day data curve on personally identifiable data, unless it is determined that the information is necessary for authorized purposes or is recorded in the Privacy Act system.

Last month, the U.S. Department of the Interior grounded all 800 drones ( unmanned aerial vehicles) because of cyber security concerns involving footage captured by drones. Home Office drones are used to put out forest fires, inspect damage to land, monitor dams and observe endangered species, but there are concerns that drone footage containing confidential information could fall into the wrong hands.

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