The rise in popularity of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), more commonly known as drones, have led to an increased awareness of the potential risks associated with UASs, including concerns around personal injury and invasion of privacy. This past April, a three-month public consultation issued by the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong (CAD) was launched in an effort to keep pace with international regulatory practices for UASs and to introduce new regulations that protect public safety without hindering the technological advancements or use of UASs.
Mayer Brown lawyers examine the current regulations of UASs and set out the recommendations put forward in the Consultation Paper, which aim to strike a balance between protecting the public while encouraging the development of UASs. They also address data privacy concerns surrounding UAS operations and explain that operators should be reminded that they are still subject to the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, whether or not a UAS falls within the scope of the aviation regulations.
Mayer Brown partner Gabriela Kennedy and associate Karen H.F. Lee report on new guidance and highlight areas of interest in this article, featured in the latest issue of Computer Law & Security Review.
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