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Drone Rules 2021: Industry happy with ease of norms but privacy concerns remain

Stakeholders affected by these new regulations have come to perceive it as a double-edged sword that cuts red tape for drone manufacturing in India but doesn't include any safeguards for collected data. Although India's new draft for the Drone Rules 2021, which will supersede the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Rules abolishes various norms in a bid to promote the drone industry, many legal experts pointed out that the proposed rules do not address privacy concerns like the outgoing UAS Rules, 2o21 did. Why this matters: It is necessary to not just summarise the policy but also gauge whether it addresses some key issues. For instance, the Draft Rules, 2021 does not even mention the word 'privacy'. This is concerning, especially since in the UAS Rules 2021, there was a specific obligation on authorised unmanned aircraft system operators to ensure the privacy…

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