Sidebar        Kaminski testifies at House of Representatives

Professor Margot E. Kaminski testified at a December hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, entitled “The Disrupter Series: The Fast-Evolving Uses and Economic Impacts of Drones.”

Kaminski’s work focuses on privacy, speech, online civil liberties, intellectual property law, and the legal issues raised by AI and robotics. She has participated in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s efforts, through the National Telecommunications Infrastructure Agency, to establish and recommend best practices in regards to drone use, and recently participated in the “Drones as Disruption: Who Regulates What?” event at the College. In her House testimony, she spoke about the impact of drones on privacy.

“For drones to be publicly accepted and fulfill their economic potential, citizens must be able to trust that their surveillance powers will not be abused,” she stated. “In the best scenarios, drones will reduce risks to human actors and enable important information gathering at a relatively low cost. But it is precisely these beneficial aspects of drones—that they enable low-cost, low-risk information gathering through a variety of technologies—that raise the specter of substantial privacy harms.”