The Drone Code of Conduct, Or Trust Us, Really

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Abby Zimet

Acknowledging that "as an industry, we've got a public relations problem" - and possibly, cynically trying to punt and thus forestall real regulation - the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, aka drone makers, has issued its first code of conduct in hopes of quieting safety and privacy concerns. While noting there will inevitably be "mishaps and abuses," it offers bromides like, "We will respect the privacy of individuals" and "We will not operate [drones] in a manner that presents undue risk to persons or property," which we're sure makes their victims in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen feel much better now.

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