California Assembly committee hearing on drones and the law — and, in particular, privacy

An interesting hearing that happened at UCLA this past Friday; there is video, and a detailed and interesting background paper. Speakers discussed the technology, the use of drones in law enforcement, the use of drones in entertainment and other business, and privacy and tort law. (I spoke mostly on the privacy, tort law, and First Amendment side.) Here’s the agenda:

Drones in Our Future: Opportunity and Privacy Considerations

I. Opening Remarks:
Assemblymember Ed Chau, Chair, Select Committee on Privacy
Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon, Chair, Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism & Internet Media
Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, Chair, Judiciary

II. Overview of Current Drone Usage:
Ross B. Garelick Bell, Chair, State Legislative Committee, Aerospace States Association, and Director, Aerospace States Association – California Chapter
Eric Maloney, Head of Production, Drone Dudes

III. Constitutional Issues and Legal Challenges:
Eugene Volokh, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

IV. Drones and Privacy:
a. The use of Drones in the Newsgathering and Entertainment Industry:
Patrick Alach, Legal Counsel, The Paparazzi Reform Initiative
Stan Statham, President & CEO, California Broadcasters Association
b. The use of Drones by Law Enforcement:
Joseph Hartshorne, Commander, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Homeland Security Division
Christopher Dunn, Captain, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office
Jessica Farris, Policy and Advocacy Counsel, ACLU of Southern California

V. Future Challenges and Possible Government Responses:
John Villasenor, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Public Policy, UCLA

Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, a First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic, and tort law, at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law, criminal law, and a seminar on firearms regulation policy.



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