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Thursday, Jan 3, 2019

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now using drones to conduct safety inspections of employer facilities—but only if the employer consents.

John S. Ho, an attorney with the law firm of Cozen O'Connor, believes the use of drones in OSHA inspections is likely to increase, and he believes that raises some novel...

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018

Even as new laws have sought to protect privacy rights on the internet, the surveillance potential of drones has exploded with new products and technologies enabling law enforcement to track and identify citizens on an unprecedented scale. 

Thursday, Aug 2, 2018

New laws governing the use of drones in the United Kingdom went into effect July 30, codifying restrictions on height, line of sight, proximity to people and buildings and flights near airports. 

Thursday, Jul 5, 2018

From drones used to smuggle contraband into prisons to package delivery over water and proposals for carrying human cargo, the rapidly-expanding landscape of drone use and misuse demands updated laws, argues one industry observer. 

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018

Things are looking up: drones could soon start delivering medications in medical deserts in the rural U.S. The Federal Aviation Administration approved 10 pilot programs for drone usage in May, including projects that specialize in medical deliveries in San Diego and North Carolina.

Monday, Mar 26, 2018

Federal officials are pushing drone tracking and identification initiatives as a way to deal with what one called “the clueless, the careless and the criminal.”

Monday, Jul 19, 2021

On a nesting island at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Southern California, thousands of elegant tern eggs dot the sands, abandoned. Now it appears the eggs will never hatch.

After a drone crashed on the reserve grounds on May 13, about 3,000 adult elegant terns were scared off, leaving about 1,500 to 2,000 eggs behind.

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018

Continuing a trend of loosening rules in response to feedback from the private sector, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given authorization for a Minnesota-based utility to fly drones beyond the operator’s line of sight for energy infrastructure inspections.

Thursday, Jan 18, 2018

Jan. 18, 2018—A new law signed by outgoing governor Chris Christie makes it illegal to operate a drone in New Jersey under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018

Jan 10, 2018—U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that the total number of drones now registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has eclipsed one million.  

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