Media statement from EPIC regarding the #uavsproscons event on June 30, 2013 in Toronto Canada.
"...EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values. EPIC has a particular interest in preserving privacy safeguards against expansive surveillance systems. With special capabilities and enhanced equipment, drones are designed and built to conduct far more detailed surveillance than their aerial ancestors. There are substantial legal and constitutional issues involved in the deployment of aerial drones by government and commercial entities that need to be addressed. No legislation currently provides adequate safeguards to protect privacy rights against the increased use of drones in the United States. As drone technology becomes cheaper and more available, the threat to privacy will become more substantial. Legal protections are necessary to protect individual privacy, ensure transparency of drone operations, and hold drone operators accountable for invasive and unlawful practices. "