Drones are still very recent in our society. The laws surrounding their use are not complete, when they exist. And some projects are logically cringe.
Wing , the subsidiary of Alphabet specialist in drones and delivery by drone , expressed concern over new directives from the FAA (“Federal Aviation Administration”), the government agency responsible for civil aviation regulations and controls in the United States, relating to license plates for drones. It calls for significant changes. Reuters and The Verge report that the company in particular points the finger at these remote identifications, which could have “unintended consequences” for the respect of the private life.
Wing worried about FAA drone identification solution
Wing explains that the need to use such local identifications makes possible the disclosure of “sensitive information” about drone flights and their users, including, for example, where people live or retrieve. their packages. A web-based identification network would protect against this kind of invasion of privacy, according to the company, which also claims Americans will not accept this potential spying on their “deliveries or taxi trips. ”.
The Alphabet subsidiary also argues that these local identifiers have made it more difficult to create large-scale drone traffic control systems. Traffic management will be vital for the drone industry, which could use an identification network as a “cornerstone”.
This could have harmful consequences on private life
Wing says FAA laws must “continue to evolve” to take this aspect into account, but the company has not yet taken any official action. The government agency has meanwhile said that the identification system is just an “initial framework” and that drone manufacturers have 18 months to develop their identification technology and obtain the necessary authorizations.
Reality, as The Verge explains, is more complicated. The FAA has changed its tune from a network of identifiers and remote identifiers because of a number of issues, including insufficiently reliable cell coverage and the possibility of security breaches at home. the third parties who could come to prevent the missions of the drones and to compromise the private life. This does not mean that this option is flawless, unfortunately, no solution is perfect and we will have to live with it.