26.06.2015

Art. 29 WP: Opinion on Privacy and Data Protection Issues relating to the Utilisation of Drones

Article 29 Working Party, Opinion 01/2015 on Privacy and Data Protection Issues relating to the Utilisation of Drones (pdf; WP 231), adopted on 16 June 2015
Executive Summary
In light of the progressive integration of drones into the European civil airspace and the emergence of numerous applications of drones (ranging from leisure, services, photography, logistics, surveillance of infrastructures) there is a real need to focus on the challenges that a large-scale deployment of drone and sensor technology could bring about for individuals’ privacy and civil and political liberties and to assess the measures necessary to ensure the respect for fundamental rights and data protection.
Indeed, several privacy risks may arise in relation to the processing of data (such as images, sound and geolocation relating to an identified or identifiable natural person) carried out by the equipment on-board a drone. [...]