New limits on drone activity in Argentina
Disposition 20/2015, which restricts drone use, was issued by the National Directorate for the Protection of Personal Data and published in the Official Bulletin on May 27, 2015.
A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle that can be equipped with cameras, microphones, GPS, or any other type of sensor that collects personal data. A drone can be undetectable, and it has the ability to get to where the human eye fails. They can collect a variety of data, according to the sensors or cameras that they have. These characteristics led to the enactment of the new standard.
The new regulation not only protects privacy for the public, but also gives a clear regulatory framework for private operators using such devices. Specifically, article number 1 of the appendix of this disposition establishes the need of prior consent of the owner of the data due to the risk to privacy created by the aerial view.
Disposition 20/2015 permits the use of drones in recreational situations, emergency situations, or before an event of general or private interest, like a marriage, only if there is a disproportionate intrusion into the privacy of individuals.
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Remote controlled aerial vehicles equipped with cameras and various sensors are now under the control of the National Directorate of Personal Data Protection (PDP), due to the potential ability of drones to record photos, videos or a tour on GPS among other data.
The National Directorate for the Protection of Personal Data also issued a series of recommendations to prevent Drones to register sensitive data, such as racial and ethnic origin, political opinions, religious convictions, and/or information concerning the health or sex life. In Argentina, Law N° 25.326 establishes all the rules regarding the protection of the personal data.
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Finally, it is important to remember that the regulation of the use of the airspace and safety standards is in charge of the National Civil Aviation (ANAC – Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil). In February, this organization began to develop a project to define the specific conditions to be required for the use drone equipment. Currently this project is in the first consultation phase.
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