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Minimise use of drones by public & private entities until India has a robust data protection law: Rights group Internet Democracy Project

There aren’t enough provisions in the government's draft drone rules to safeguard citizens’ privacy, digital rights organisation Internet Democracy Project said in its recommendations. The IDP recommended that unless there’s a comprehensive personal data protection framework, usage of drones by private and public entities should be minimised to security of the state and public health emergencies or natural disasters. The Ministry of Civil Aviation had released draft drone rules last month and has invited comments to it until July 10. The rules are an effort to form dedicated regulation around drone usage, as they are currently regulated as part of Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR), enacted in December 2018, under the Aircraft Act. In the current draft, only one rule says that drones should be flown while protecting the privacy of individuals and property. However, the organisation noted that even this…

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