California Lawyer: Drone Searches: A New Frontier for the Fourth Amendment By Kevin Moon and Brandon Franklin:
The use of drones spurs reassessment of time-honored privacy concerns.
Recreational and commercial drone use has skyrocketed since the United States Congress’ mandate to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2012 to safely integrate drones into the national airspace. As a result, the FAA has loosened regulations, making it easier to operate drones commercially. See 14 CFR Part 107. Commercial drone applications include monitoring agriculture, broadcasting sporting events, oil and gas exploration, telecommunication uses and topographic aerial imaging and mapping. The global market for commercial drones or “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAVs) is estimated to be worth at least $127.3 billion.