As unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as drones, have made their way from overseas battlefields in the Middle East to being used by law enforcement, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been tracking the expansion of drones domestically. Earlier this year EFF filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeking information on drone flights in the United States. Friday the EFF received thousands of documents pertaining to the domestic use of drones including specific drone models used, where they fly, how frequently they fly, and how long they stay in the air.
The documents received by the EFF are from federal agencies, state agencies, local law enforcement agencies, and universities. The EFF will be releasing their findings from the documents after they have analyzed them, but the thousands of documents are available for download via zip file. Guerrilla Blog will be examining the documents from Texas Department of Public Safety, and posting the findings here. Earlier this month the EFF announced a partnership with MuckRock, an open government organization dedicated to helping people send requests for public records, in order to offer tools for individuals to help write their own public records requests to police agencies in their town.
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