President Barack Obama is weighing in on the commercial drone boom, reports DroneLife.com and Politico.com.
According to Politico, President Obama plans to issue an executive order putting the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in charge of developing a set of privacy guidelines for the use of commercial drones in U.S. airspace. The NTIA will bring together industry professionals and consumer groups to publish “a series of voluntary best practices” for small unmanned aircraft systems.
No set timeframe regarding when President Obama would make his statement.
White House spokesman Ned Price told Politico, “We don’t have any details to share at this time, but there is an inter-agency process underway” to coordinate policy on the issue.
The NTIA will join the FAA as the second federal regulating group attempting to publish rules for flying drones in our national airspace. The FAA has said it plans to publish its first rules by 2015, though many industry experts believe the administration will miss this deadline.