Legislative group reviews Alaska’s drone use

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A group appointed by the Alaska Legislature is reviewing the use of unmanned aircraft and will recommend rules to protect the privacy of Alaskans.

The Anchorage Daily News reported the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Legislative Task Force is aiming to have a report by mid-January.

State Rep. Shelley Hughes said she urged creation of the group in response to residents worried about unmanned aircraft spying.

The Palmer Republican said Alaska might want a citizens panel to oversee missions.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has tested unmanned aircraft and used them to map wildfires, count Steller sea lions and assess salmon nests.

Alaska State Troopers are preparing to acquire an unmanned aircraft.

Lt. Steven Adams said it will be used for crash investigations, searches and oil spill mapping.

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Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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