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Sweden: Law to Allow Photo Drones Passed

(Aug. 28, 2017) On June 20, 2017, the Swedish Parliament passed legislation that will allow private individuals to operate drones with photo capabilities without a prior license/approval from state authorities. The new provisions take effect on August 1, 2017. (Kameraövervakningslagen och möjligheterna att använda drönare [Camera Surveillance Act and the Possibility of Using Drones], Justitieutskottets […]

Brazil: New Rules Prohibit the Use of Drones over Populated Areas

(May 10, 2017) On May 2, 2017, the National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil, ANAC) approved the Brazilian Regulation of Special Civil Aviation, which regulates the civil operation of remotely piloted aircraft, drones.  (Regulamento Brasileiro da Aviação Civil Especial, RBAC-E No. 94 (May 2, 2017), ANAC website.) According to the Regulation, drones […]

Great Britain: Technology Bill Introduced to Regulate Driverless Cars, Increase Penalties for Misuse of Lasers

(Mar. 21, 2017) The Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill 2017 was recently introduced in the British Parliament. The aim of the bill is to modernize transportation policies and laws in the United Kingdom.  The bill addresses the misuse of lasers, the liability of insurers of automated vehicles, the infrastructure to support electric vehicles, and air […]

Latvia: New Regulations on Drone Operation

(Jan. 26, 2017) The Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia adopted regulations on the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles on November 22, 2016. (Decision No. 737 of Nov. 22, 2016, LATVIJAS VĒSTNESIS [LATVIAN OFFICIAL GAZETTE], No. 231 (Nov. 28, 2016) (in Latvian).)  The new regulations require the drones to have special markings that include the full […]

United Kingdom: Consultation on Additional Drone Regulations Proposed

(Jan. 18, 2017) The Government of the United Kingdom recently issued a consultation document that contains additional proposals for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones.  Drone technology is of growing economic importance; it is estimated it will be worth £102 billion (about US$126 billion) by 2025.  The government wishes Britain to become “the global go-to place for […]

Sweden: Supreme Administrative Court Defines Prohibited Camera Surveillance

(Nov. 23, 2016) In two decisions issued on October 21, 2016, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court defined the boundaries of prohibited camera surveillance. The Court found that mounting a  camera for use on a drone requires prior permission from the Länsstyrelsen (County Administrative Board) in accordance with the Camera Surveillance Act, whereas mounting a camera […]

UAE: Possible New Regulations for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

(Oct. 19, 2016) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is reportedly working on enacting new laws to more tightly regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.  Mohammed Faisal al-Dossari of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has been quoted as saying “[t]he Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology (Esma) is working on laws that will […]

Brazil: Use of Face Recognition Technology to Identify International Travelers at Airports

(Aug. 3, 2016) On August 1, 2016, the Brazilian Internal Revenue Service (Secretaria da Receita Federal, SRF) started to use a facial recognition system to identify international travelers arriving at airports in the country.  The goal is to expedite customs service procedures by the prior identification and selection for further inspection of passengers who present a […]

Russia: Simplified Rules for Drone Operations

(June 30, 2016) On June 29, 2016, the Federation Council of the Russian Federation (the upper chamber of the legislature) approved without discussion the Law on Amendments to the Air Code of the Russian Federation Concerning the Use of Unmanned Aircraft and Requirements for Experimental Aviation Personnel, which was passed by the State Duma (the […]