The House of Lords EU Committee has published a report on the civilian use of drones in the EU. The report evaluates the plans set out by the EU Commission in April 2014 to make the EU a global leader in the remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) industry. The report recognises that RPAS raise particular concerns in respect of data protection and privacy and states that EU data protection legislation must remain technology neutral if it is to be flexible enough to apply to the unique characteristics of RPAS. The report further suggests that each Member State’s data protection agency should create and share guidance for RPAS pilots on this issue and that an online database should be created through which commercial RPAS pilots could inform members of the public of their data protection policies.

EU Committee Report – The Civilian Use of Drones in the EU